Schroders’ colleagues fundraise to provide 1,635 malnourished children with life-saving nutrition

The hunger crisis in Afghanistan means nearly 20 million people – almost half the population – are facing acute hunger. Fallout from the war in Ukraine is also putting pressure on Afghanistan’s wheat supply, food commodities, agricultural inputs, and fuel prices. 

Over three months, our people came together and took collective action by donating the cost of a meal, or more, to raise money for Action Against Hunger’s work in Afghanistan.

Over £68,650 was raised, with Schroders matching, surpassing our initial target of £60,000.

This will help provide 1,635 malnourished children with life-saving food, malnutrition treatment and care.

A full six-week course of therapeutic food costs £42 and can save a child’s life by paying for therapeutic milk and food used to treat children under five for severe acute malnutrition – the most life-threatening form of hunger. The impact of our donations and Action Against Hunger’s programmes have been far-reaching, helping Afghan communities in urgent need in Central and North-eastern Afghanistan in Ghor, Daikundi and Badakhshan provinces.

 

What our people did to raise awareness and support the appeal  

Our employee-led inclusion groups took collective action by hosting themed in-person and virtual lunches. Every meal was matched by Schroders to help boost fundraising.

To kick-start the appeal, our East Asian Society hosted a Lunar New Year lunch at our London headquarters and in Hong Kong, our teams celebrated Chinese New Year with a virtual lantern riddle game.

Why we’re supporting Action Against Hunger

When countries are hit by large-scale disasters and do not have the capacity to respond without external assistance, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings together 16 of the UK’s leading charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. Through effective humanitarian response its mission is to save, rebuild and protect lives.

When the DEC launches an appeal, our Schroders’ Emergency Relief procedure is triggered and a Schroders charitable response is considered and agreed by our global Charity Committee – responsible for promoting and organising global charitable giving and volunteering within Schroders. We made a £50k donation to DEC’s Afghanistan Crisis Appeal in March, in addition to the employee fundraising and Schroders matching campaign.  

Action Against Hunger has worked in Afghanistan for over 40 years providing nutrition, healthcare and emergency aid, and has continued its work even after the Taliban came back into power in 2021. It has robust measures in place to ensure any funds raised reach their intended destination.

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