Millions Affected by Famine

Major famine in Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia) has become a major humanitarian crisis. Although many organizations and nations are working aggressively, the famine is apt to spread in coming weeks. Rainfall in this area is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. More than 12 million people have been affected in some way by the growing crisis and about 29,000 children have died. Crops have failed, large numbers of livestock have died and local food prices have risen. Food security – the access to and availability of food has deteriorated for most households in all arid and semi-arid regions of the area.

You’ve seen the pictures on TV and in the newspaper of Somalis walking hundreds of miles to reach the safety of feeding centers and refugee camps. The Dadaab, Kenya, refugee camp – the world’s largest – has exceeded its capacity. Built to hold 90,000 refugees, it now holds more than 420,000.

Church World Service and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, as members of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies, are working to meet the basic humanitarian needs of food, water and sanitation, and medical care. PDA has provided $200,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing Funds. CWS, which already has workers in Kenya, will continue to work directly there and provide support to organizations working in the other countries. CWS is supplying family food packages, and nutritional supplements for children under 5 ($2,750 from the 2010 NPC Christmas Offering was sent to CWS for these vital supplements).

The North Church Mission Committee is sending $1,000 from the Benevolence portion of the Operating Budget – your money – to CWS in support of its work fighting this famine.

Make personal donations by check or online to:

  • Church World Service
    P.O. Box 968
    Elkhart, IN 46515
    Write “East African Drought “ in the memo line, or at www.churchworldservice.org.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    P.O. Box 643700
    Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
    Write “DR999999-International Disaster Response” in the memo line or at www.pcusa.org/pda.

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