TYLER (KYTX) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture organization estimates 239 million people are undernourished and hungry in Africa. Children and adults are dying from starvation.
Children in Nairobi, Kenya know what it's like to go to sleep at night on an empty stomach.
For most of the children who live in the slums of Africa, food is considered a luxury.
"I had just felt a real calling to go somewhere, I didn't no where," said Cindy Willis.
That calling led Cindy Willis to slum schools in Nairobi, where she helped feed hundreds of starving children.
"They may use the same cup, or the same bowl, or same plate that the kid next to them just used. They may have silverware or they may not," said Willis.
A lot of families in sub-Saharan Africa don't have the money to eat.
In 2008, statistics revealed that nearly half of the population lived on less than a $1.25 a day.
"Over there, it's a matter of life and death. You're not just making a small difference, you might be helping that child to live another week to live another few days," said Willis.
That's where the "No Hungry Children" organization in Tyler steps in. For just a small donation of a dollar, you can feed one child for an entire week.
"We go in twice a day, every school day, we feed these children a meal," said Wendi Rees with "No Hungry Children."
That meal consist of porridge in the morning and rice and beans in the afternoon. Wendi Rees says none of these children complain.
"They are just grateful that someone cares enough to have provided this food for them," said Rees.
Food, that most of us take for granted and that these children depend on just to survive.