Carluccio’s raises £1M for Action Against Hunger in Burkina Faso

Carluccio’s raise a staggering £1M for our work

Thank you to all who helped make this possible!

By Tum Kazunga

Sep 20 2013

Our amazing long-term supporters Carluccio’s have supported our work since 2007, when they began including a 50 pence donation to the charity on their best-selling dish, the Penne Giardiniera.  And their support did not stop here. Over the years, Carluccio’s motivated staff have also run marathons and cycled the length of the United Kingdom to raise money for our programmes around the world.  As Carluccio’s reach their incredible £1M fundraising milestone, we would like to thank them, and everyone who has enjoyed a Penne Giardiniera at Carluccio’s since 2007 for helping us make a life-saving difference to children’s lives across the world.

Carluccio’s support for Action Against Hunger:  a lifeline for malnourished children in Burkina Faso

Zabre’s face shows a mix of emotions.  She has travelled far today from the small farm where she works the land to reach the regional health centre in Pama.  She holds her little nine month old baby girl, Awa Seboubou, in her arms, grateful that she is alive. 

Zabre has brought her daughter back to the centre to allow trained staff to monitor baby Awa’s recovery.  Just four weeks previously, Zabre cycled the long way to the centre carrying her twin babies on her back. Both infants were suffering from the latter stages of severe acute malnutrition – a life-threatening condition if left untreated.  Unfortunately, Awa’s twin died on arrival at the community health centre, while Awa was rushed by ambulance to a health centre which deals with life-threatening cases. 

After arriving in the ambulance, baby Awa received emergency treatment while her parents grieved for the baby they had lost.  At first Awa was given specialist formula milk which is very high in energy, fat, and protein, and provides a large amount of nutrients.  As she began to recover, she moved on to solids – to a therapeutic food paste called Plumpy’nut which helps malnourished children to recover quickly.

Zabre mistakenly thought that her baby was suffering from a ‘baby illness’ and did not understand the causes of malnutrition and that untreated severe acute malnutrition can kill.  After the nurses checked her daughter’s progress, Zabre joined other mothers with their babies to learn how to spot the early signs of malnutrition in their children and what they can do to prevent it.

Carluccio’s donations are being used in Burkina Faso to raise awareness of acute malnutrition among mothers, to ensure that mothers in the area know that they can receive help and treatment free of charge and to prevent malnutrition by developing and promoting health gardens where mothers can grow nutritious foods for themselves and their children.

A big thank you to everyone at Carluccio’s and all our fantastic supporters for helping us save lives. 
 
Earlier this year, Simon Kossoff, Carluccio's CEO, visited our programmes in Burkina Faso.

Photo credits: © Action Against Hunger