2017 in Photos | A snapshot of Action Against Hunger's work this year

2017 in Photos

This year, thanks to your support, we have provided life-saving treatment in communities around the world.



By Action Against Hunger News

Dec 27 2017

In 2017, our teams have worked hard to ensure those in the most crisis-ridden regions have access to clean water, food and healthcare. We have enabled entire communities to provide for themselves and see their children grow up strong.

The return of major hunger crises in parts of Africa and the Middle East in 2017 serve as a stark reminder that while humanity appears to have broken the back of calmitous famines of the 20th century, there is still much to do in the 21st century before we free the world from hunger for good.

Without your help, we would not be able to provide life-saving support to those most in need around the world. 

From all of us at Action Against Hunger UK, we'd like to say a huge thank you for making 2017 such a fantastic year for the organisation and being such incredible supporters. Here are some of Action Against Hunger's snapshots of 2017.


January - Porridge Mums, Nigeria

©Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger

In north-east Nigeria, porridge has served to bring a group of mothers together to unite their community and protect their children against the scourge of hunger. Conflict, environmental degradation and the Boko Haram insurgency has torn apart entire swathes of Borno State, Nigeria and as a result, mothers such as Hannatu, Lydia, Hauwa, Kaltum and Rukaiya were determined to reunite their communities and create healthier, happier children.


February - Four Famines

©S.Pagani for Action Against Hunger

Over twenty million people (including 1 million children) in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, were at imminent risk of dying from life-threatening hunger and severe acute malnutrition. In South Sudan, famine was announced in Unity State, the first time this has been declared since 2011. Action Against Hunger responded by meeting the humanitarian needs of the population through lifesaving emergency programmes, providing food, water, sanitation and supporting livelihoods.


March - Lake Chad Crisis

©Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is still responding to the crisis gripping the Lake chad region including  Cameroon, Niger, Chad and north-eastern Nigeria. Seventeen million are affected by the Lake Chad crisis, over ten million men, women and children need life-saving humanitarian support and two and a half million are in need of emergency shelter. In response, this year we expanded our programmes across the region and helped 4,006,711 people affected.


April - London Marathon

©R.Petherick for Action Against Hunger

On 23rd April, 38 runners took to the streets of London to compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon. The grueling months of training paid off on a warm Sunday morning as first timers of the momentous event and grizzled, seasoned runners came together to support our work and to raise funds which delivered life-saving treatment to millions of men, women and children in need.


May - Trip to Uganda

©Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger

Several of our staff visited Bidi Bidi refugee camp in north-western Uganda, the largest in the world. The majority of the estimated one million refugees are women and children who have fled war and famine in South Sudan where conflict has been going on for four years. Mothers in Bidi Bidi are teaming up to utilise skills and resources to strengthen their communities in mum-to-mum support groups set up with the help of Action Against Hunger


June - Taste of London

©Samuel Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger

2017 was our best year yet in our partnership with Taste of London as we raised over £60,000 during our participation at Taste of London’s spectacular summer and winter festivals! A huge thank you to the hard work, support and dedication of all of our chefs, sponsors, volunteers and customers who made this possible.


July - Too Many Critics

©Samuel Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger

This years’ Too Many Critics events saw restaurant critics swap their pens for pans at Iberica Manchester and Hakkasan Hanway Place, London. With the likes of Jay Rayner, Bill Knott, William Sitwell, Tracey MacLeod, Mark 'Gordo' Garner and Lucas Hollweg cooking up a treat, these two events raised over £60,000.


August - Rohingya Appeal

©Kathleen Prior for Action Against Hunger

Since August 25, in just three months, more than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar in search of safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. Children make up 60% of these refugees. Our team based in Cox Bazaar has been screening thousands of children under five for malnutrition, providing many with urgent psychosocial aid for trauma and giving children friendly spaces where they can be safe, play, laugh and, above all, smile again.


September - Healthy Mums Healthy Kids

©Andrew Parsons for Action Against Hunger

In September we launched the #HealthyMumsHealthyKids appeal. Focusing on Matam, Senegal, this appeal aimed to support children and mothers but also to educate future generations about the importance of good nutrition. We worked in partnership with the UK Government, helping millions of mums and mums-to-be give their children a healthy start to life.  


October - Love Food Give Food

Love Food Give Food, Action Against Hunger’s annual flagship fundraiser brings together chefs, restaurants and foodies. After a fantastic 2016, which saw the Love Food Give Food raise £470,000, 2017 will likely see them eclipse 2016's achievements as they signed up over 400 restaurants across the UK this autumn who played a critical role in raising funds for the #HealthyMumsHealthyKids appeal.


November - Yemen Crisis

After nearly three years of war, the crisis in Yemen has only deepened. Our teams have been working hard to support those most affected by the bombing, violence and blockade which has limited imports of vital humanitarian relief supplies, food, and other commercial goods into the country. We have been responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of populations in the governorates of Hajjah, Hodeida, Abyan, Lahj and Aden.


December - Fine Wine Auction

©Samuel Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger

Records soared in December, 2017 as our Special Events team waltz into 2018 with some terrific results under their belt. Nothing epitomised the successes of our special events and the support we have received more than the Fine Wine Auction where our superb chefs, supporters & volunteers helped us raise an incredible £350,000 which will be doubled by the UK Government to £700,000 in aid of our #HealthyMumsHealthyKids appeal.


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