Friday, March 15, 2013
Freedom from Hunger 21.3.1963
Freedom from Hunger (established in 1946) is recognized for fighting hunger with innovative self-help programs. An international development organization working in nineteen countries across the globe, Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, nonsectarian organization. All donations to Freedom from Hunger are fully tax-deductible.
First known as Meals for Millions, the organization that developed and introduced Multi-Purpose Food, a high-protein powdered food supplement still used today in relief efforts around the world. In the 1970s, Freedom from Hunger began implementing Applied Nutrition Programs, focusing almost exclusively on the health and nutrition of mothers and children. In 1988, Freedom from Hunger developed the world's first integrated microcredit health and nutrition education program. As of December 2009, 1,304,802 women were participating in Credit with Education in 15 countries around the world. This number has more than tripled since 2005.
The stamps on this first day cover were issued to highlight this effort to alleviate the curse of hunger around the world. Cyprus was one of the few other countries to issue stamps for this cause. Thank you Merja.