Drought and Famine Strike East Africa

On July 20, 2011, the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia for the first time since 1992. A famine is declared when acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 percent, more than two per 10,000 die per day, and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities. Pastoral and nomadic populations in East Africa are most at risk and have little access to government or non-profit aid.

Currently, over 10 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti are threatened by the drought. With the worst and most ill equipped conditions in southern Somalia, the UN and Somali government estimate more than 3.5 million Somalis may starve to death. Over 10,000 families have traveled to Mogadishu and have dispersed to several displacement camps, sometimes walking for three weeks in an attempt to reach humanitarian relief. Every day counts for the people in this famine-affected region, with over 500,000 children facing imminent threats to survival and lifelong consequences to physical and mental development.

Act now and help prevent the deaths of children and people living in East Africa by donating to one of our top-quality partner organizations committed to urgently responding and bringing awareness to this humanitarian crisis. All NGOs featured on UniversalGiving are thoroughly vetted, assuring that they all meet the highest standards of quality, transparency, and trust. 100% of donations made through UniversalGiving go directly to your chosen cause.

Direct Drought & Famine Aid:

Help the UN Refugee Agency provide Relief for Somalia's Malnourished Refugee Children
Join Relief International and supply food and nutritional supplements to the Horn of Africa
Help International Medical Corps provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims in East Africa
Support ActionAid as they deliver emergency food supplies and water to East Africa
Help World Food Program USA feed children suffering from malnutrition in the Horn of Africa
Help International Medical Corps bring water and sanitation to drought-stricken Kenya
Support International Humanity Foundation's Famine Feed Programs
Support Operation USA to provide lifesaving water resources in East Africa
Join KickStart International, Inc. to end the Famine, provide Drinking Water, & install Water Pumps in East Africa 
Help Mercy Corps with their relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

Opportunities to Give to On-Going Development Projects in Somalia:

Give $25 to provide someone with clean drinking water
Give $25 to heal a child suffering from malnutrition
Give $25 to provide water purification supplies in Kenyan refugee camps
Give $50 to feed a child for a month
Give $150 to feed a family for a month

Opportunities to Give to the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Give to Mercy Corps' relief fund to DR Congo survivors



Check out USA for UNHCR's (the UN Refugee Agency) PSA on the Famine in the horn of East Africa: http://youtube.com/watch?v=eloym2j3c4E

Photo courtesy of AFP
Sources: BBC Africa, United Nations New Centre, United Nations Children’s Fund

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