Fighting Famine: How to Help in East Africa

Posted on 09/14/2011

According to reports, the drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years. More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian help including residents of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. Help the hungry through these hardworking organizations.

FEED Projects - Hungry children are getting help from Edesia, an organization that creates Plumpy’nut. It’s a food product packed with exactly what malnourished youngsters need. Purchase a large Teddy Share Bear and you’ll feed five children, a small bear provides Plumpy’nut to three kids.

World Vision - Lack of rain destroyed crops and killed livestock in the Horn of Africa. According to relief organization World Vision, malnutrition and disease is on the rise. Thanks to government grants, your gift to World Vision can multiply up to five times in impact and provide food, clean water, agricultural support and healthcare.

Canadian Relief Fund - For every dollar Canadians donate to the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, the government of Canada will match an equal amount. The deadline to make your Canadian dollar go further is September 16.

Rice Bowls - Rice Bowls provides food for orphans around the world including those in Africa. Order your own rice bowl at Leave one in your car or in your office break room and collect loose change to feed little mouths.

Save the Children - Save the Children is a charity working to help the youngest victims of the East Africa food crisis. By donating $1 a day for 100 days the organization says you can help a child make it out of the drought alive.

By Alison Storm

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