SAINT AUGUSTINE SOCIETY

FEED THE POOR


"Find out how much God has given you & from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others" Sain Augustine

About Us


About Us
In 2006, envisioning a world without hunger, Saint Augustine Society was founded to  spread  awareness and assist those who are in need.  Its fundamental belief  is that food is a human right and hunger is a solvable problem in a world of abundance. The aim of the Society is to promote the glory of God through serving and helping the poor.  We do this by carrying the traditions that Saint Augustine set forward through his life and writings based on; Love & Charity.

We are motivated by our Christian faith, we work to spread Gods unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, religion, age or creed as we minister to the needy wherever they are found.

Our work seeks to help the poor; one person, one family at a time. We do our best to meet needs both physical and spiritual, as well as at the individual, family and community levels.

We work wherever we find ourselves. We can be either in the worst spots of hunger in the world where the average population of hunger can varies between 10.6 % to 22.7 % or in the modern cities where the taboo of hunger hides secretly in the slums behind the glamorous majestic buildings that we call modern civilization.

Our Motto is from Saint Augustine saying: “Find out how much God has given you & from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others”.




Our Mission


We at Saint Augustine Society are fully committed to work with poor people,  to overcome hunger and poverty through integrated self-development and relief.  

Our mission is to spread awareness and assist the impoverished and disadvantaged people wherever they are. We work according to the Christian spirit to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Christian faith, nevertheless, we serve and help all people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.

It is a fact that Food is essential to all human beings,  yet food availability and accessibility remains a challenge for many. A great number of children in the world go without any food, many for days at a time. With the rising cost of living, providing a balanced diet for children who live in abject poverty is just but a dream. Getting one meal a day that is not balanced is more the norm than the exception.

Saint Augustine Society from the beginning acknowledged these challenges and worked hard to assist and help in order to create a world where no one goes to bed hungry. Our mission is to raise the awareness of hunger in the societies we live in and work hand by hand with the communities to fight poverty and hunger.

We are individuals who are adamant to make a change. We do not ask for any donations or receive any financial aid from anyone. We support our projects by our work in the line of Saint Paul as a Tentmaker (Acts 18:3).




The Founder


The Founder
Saint Augustine Society was founded on the 28th of August 2006, the feast day of Saint Augustine by Georges Bikhazi.  The aim of the Society is to promote and advance the beliefs and values of Saint Augustine which are based on; love & charity with accordance to the Christian values.

The founder lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe which gave him great opportunities to work closely with different international humanitarian organizations.

In additional to the Society, he is a member of The Knights Hospitallers Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta since 2006. He holds the rank and title of Knight Commander of Grace.

As all members of Saint Augustine Society, he continually strive to fulfill the mission of the Society on daily bases through his work and commitments to the values that the Society holds.


Saint Augustine Life


Saint Augustine Life
Aurelius Augustinus was born in AD 354 in Tagaste (modern-day Souk Ahras, Algeria) to a Christian mother and a pagan father, raised in Roman North Africa, educated in Carthage, and employed as a professor of rhetoric in Milan by AD 383. He followed the Manichaean religion in his student days, and was converted to Christianity by the preaching and example of Ambrose of Milan. He was baptized at Pascha in AD 387, and returned to North Africa and created a monastic foundation at Tagaste for himself and a group of friends. In AD 391 he was ordained a priest in Hippo Regius (now Annaba, in Algeria). He became a famous preacher (more than 350 preserved sermons are believed to be authentic), and was noted for combatting the Manichaean heresy.

In AD 396 he was made coadjutor bishop of Hippo (assistant with the right of succession on the death of the current bishop), and remained as bishop in Hippo until his death in AD 430. He left his monastery, but continued to lead a monastic life in the Episcopal residence. He left a Rule (Regula in Latin) for his monastery that has led him to be designated the "patron saint of Regular Clergy," that is, parish clergy who live by a monastic rule.

Augustine died on August 28, 430 at the age of 76 during the siege of Hippo by the Vandals. He is said to have encouraged its citizens to resist the attacks, primarily on the grounds that the Vandals adhered to heretical Arian Christianity.


On Hunger



Everyone feels hungry on a daily basis. Most people are able to satisfy this craving and need. Even if not immediately, they can count on having a meal or snack within hours. This is not the type of hunger that Saint Augustine Society is concerned with.

Our Society focuses its efforts on those who suffer chronic hunger and have no option of eating when they are hungry. We are eager to help those who do not get enough calories, essential nutrients, or both. We are well aware that those who are hungry have an ongoing problem with getting food to eat. They have a primary need; how to feed themselves and their children today and tomorrow. They have little energy for anything else. Those are the individuals that Saint Augustine Society was founded for, to serve and to help them.   

Our understanding to hunger?

According to the UN Hunger Report 2017, hunger is the term used to define periods when populations are experiencing severe food insecurity—meaning that they go for entire days without eating due to lack of money, lack of access to food, or other resources.

Key facts about global hunger today:

Around the world, more than enough food is produced to feed the global population—but 815 million people go hungry each year. After steadily declining for a decade, world hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of people globally. There were an estimated 775 million undernourished people in 2014 – a record low - but that number increased to 815 million in 2016.

Before this increase in recent years, the world had been making significant progress in reducing hunger. In fact, in 2000, world leaders joined the United Nations and civil society in committing to meet eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015: the first of which was “to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.”

In 2015, the UN published a report charting the world’s progress against achieving that goal.

The proportion of undernourished people in the world has declined from 15 percent in 2000-2004 to 11 percent in 2014-2016.

About 815 million people globally are undernourished, down from 947 million in 2003.

The rate of stunting (children too short for their age as a result of chronic malnutrition) fell from 33 percent of children under age five in 2000 to 23 percent in 2016.

In 2015, world leaders charted a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The second of these is to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030.

What causes hunger?

Hunger is strongly interconnected with poverty, and it involves interactions among an array of social, political, demographic, and societal factors. People living in poverty frequently face household food insecurity, use inappropriate care practices, and live in unsafe environments that have low access to quality water, sanitation, and hygiene, and inadequate access or availability to health services and education—all of which contribute to hunger.

Conflict is also a key driver of severe food crises, including famine—a fact officially recognized by the UN Security Council in May 2018. Hunger and under nutrition are much worse when conflicts are prolonged and institutions are weak. The number of conflicts is on the rise, some worsened by climate-related shocks. People and organizations working to combat hunger must take conflict-sensitive approaches, much more so than in the past.

Weather-related events, in part associated with climate change, have also impacted food availability in many countries and thus contributed to the rise of food insecurity. Economic downturns in countries dependent on oil and other primary-commodity export revenues has also affected food availability and decreased people’s ability to access food.

Hunger Fast Facts:

There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone on the planet.

815 million people worldwide go to bed hungry each night. 

Small farmers, herders, and fishermen produce about 70 percent of the global food supply, yet they are especially vulnerable to food insecurity – poverty and hunger are most acute among rural populations.

Conflict is a major driver of hunger: The UN estimates that 489 million of 815 million undernourished people and 122 million of 155 million stunted children live in countries affected by conflict.

An estimated 17 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, yet only 20 percent of severely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment.

The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises provides the latest estimates of severe hunger in the world. An estimated 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing Crisis food insecurity or worse.  Conflict and insecurity continued to be the primary drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries, where almost 74 million food-insecure people remain in need of urgent assistance.

Last year’s report identified 108 million people in Crisis food security or worse across 48 countries.  A comparison of the 45 countries included in both editions of the report reveals an increase of 11 million people – an 11 percent rise – in the number of food-insecure people across the world who require urgent humanitarian action.



CAUSES OF WORLD HUNGER


CAUSES OF WORLD HUNGER
THE TOP 9 CAUSES OF WORLD HUNGER:

1. POVERTY
Poverty and hunger exist in a vicious cycle: Those living in poverty often face hunger as they cannot afford nutritious food for themselves and their families. On the flip-side, hunger fuels poverty as it’s difficult for people to earn more money when they’re undernourished. In response, families may sell off their livestock or tools, or buy only staple foods like wheat rather than fresh fruit and vegetables. All of these measures buy short-term relief but perpetuate a longer-term cycle between nutrition and extreme poverty. This cycle often passes from parents to their children, making it hard to break the pattern.

2. FOOD SHORTAGES
Over the past ten years, the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa (including Somalia and Kenya) have been repeatedly affected by food shortages and food insecurity. In these areas of the developing world, where families rely on their own small farms to grow their food, there are periods before harvests known as “hungry seasons.” These are the times of year when food supplies from the previous harvest are all but exhausted, yet the opportunity to replenish supplies is still some time away. In years of bountiful harvests, families often try to put aside reserves. But climate variability has led to repeated droughts in some areas and floods in others, devastating any inadequate reserves families might have had. That means families are forced to skip one or several meals each day in order to make it to the next harvest — which could be months away.

3. WAR & CONFLICT
It’s not just weather and harvest patterns that lead to hunger: War and conflict are also among the leading destroyers of food security. In South Sudan, civil war has led to mass displacement and abandoned fields. The resulting crop failure, combined with a soaring inflation rate that puts imported food out of reach, has left 3.5 million people hungry. Similarly, Yemen’s ongoing conflict has led to nearly 18 million people facing hunger — over 65% of the population.

4. CLIMATE CHANGE
Some countries, such as Zambia, enjoy relative peace and stability, yet are often plagued by hunger due to droughts or floods. Too much or too little rainfall can destroy harvests or substantially reduce the amount of animal pasture available. Unfortunately these fluctuations — which are made worse by the El Niño weather system and are likely to increase due to changes in climate — often affect the poorest regions of the world the most. What’s more, the World Bank estimates that climate change has the power to push more than 100 million people into poverty over the next decade.

5. POOR NUTRITION
When we talk about hunger, we’re not just talking about access to food, but also access to the right nutrients. In order to thrive, humans need a range of foods providing a variety of essential health benefits. Poor families often rely on just one or two staple foods— like corn or wheat — which means they’re not getting enough of critical macronutrients like protein, and they’re also missing out on lots of important vitamins and minerals. The less nourished and balanced a person’s diet, the poorer their health will be. This results in less energy, meaning that these families will be less likely to break the poverty-hunger cycle. This is especially important for women and young children: Nutrition support during pregnancy and up to the age of five can help protect children for their entire lives, reducing the likelihood of disease, poor health, and cognitive impairment. Through the LANN project, communities in countries like Sierra Leone are learning how to identify nutrient-rich wild foods that are safe to eat in order to make the most of their available resources. This is one of the many ways we look for sustainable solutions for malnourished communities.

6. POLICY
Systemic problems, like poor infrastructure or a lack of investment in agriculture, often make it hard for food and water to reach the world populations that need it most. Ending hunger requires commitment, concerted action, and political will at both national and international levels, with focuses on sustainable development, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

7. ECONOMY
Much like the poverty-hunger cycle, nutritional resilience at a national level is tied to a country’s economic resilience. For example, Liberia’s overall economic troubles deepened after the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and now more than 15% of the country’s families don’t know where their next meal will come from. Working towards economic stability is crucial to addressing other issues.

8. FOOD WASTE
According to the World Food Programme, 1/3 of all food produced, over 1.3 billion tons of it is never consumed. What’s more, producing this wasted food also uses other natural resources that, when threatened, have a ripple effect in the countries that are already hit hardest in terms of hunger, poverty, and climate change. Producing this wasted food requires an amount of water equal to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River and adds 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

9. GENDER INEQUALITY
In its outline of Sustainable Development Goal 2, the UN reveals that, “if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.” Female farmers are responsible for growing, harvesting, preparing, and selling the majority of food in poor countries. Women are on the front lines of the fight against hunger, yet they are frequently underrepresented at the forums where important decisions on policy and resources are made.



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