MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

MADRE's mission is to advance women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. MADRE's vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional and international levels who share our go...
Sep 12, 2011

Emergency Aid for Families in Famine-Hit Communities

We have great news from our partners at Womankind Kenya! Thanks to your support, they have had the resources to respond to famine in the hard-hit region of Garissa in northeastern Kenya.

In Garissa, Womankind Kenya has distributed food aid to four local villages: Kamoor, Noor, Diiso and Jarirood. As a result, 2,700 families have received life-saving supplies of maize, beans and cooking oil.

As the famine intensifies, Somali women and families have sought refuge in the camps across the border in Kenya. But often overwhelmed camps do not have the resources to meet the need, and local Kenyan communities struggle to extend support to Somali refugees—as they fight for their own survival. The effects on children are especially terrible; our partners told us that over a quarter of children in Garissa are malnourished and in need of immediate food relief.

That’s why Womankind Kenya’s support—and yours—is so invaluable. Each household in the communities of Garissa they reach received 26 pounds of maize flour, 20 pounds of beans and 1.5 liters of cooking oil.

With your support, many more lives can be saved. Join our efforts today.

Aug 18, 2011

MADRE Meets With Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of Womankind Kenya (Video)

This week, MADRE staff is in Kenya visiting with our sister organizations, Womankind Kenya and the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). In the video below, MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind meets with Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of Womankind Kenya. Womankind Kenya is a grassroots women’s organization that has been working tirelessly to bring urgent aid to Somali refugees fleeing the famine in Somalia. Here, Hubbie talks about the various challenges women and their families face as they flee the crisis, and the urgent aid they need.

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Aug 17, 2011

Water and Food Still Urgently Needed

This week, MADRE staff are in Kenya visiting our sister organizations, Womankind Kenya and the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). We just received an update from MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind, who met today with Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of Womankind Kenya.

Hubbie and Womankind Kenya are working tirelessly to bring much needed aid to people crossing into Kenya to flee the famine in neighboring Somalia. As Yifat wrote to us in her update:

When I met with Hubbie today, I was so glad to bring with me a contribution of funds, raised through MADRE supporters, to help bolster their crucial relief work. What’s more, meeting with her today gave us the chance to further strengthen our work together.

She told us that the people coming across the border from Somalia are running for their lives from famine—but even once they make it to Kenya, they are still vulnerable. The children, who are the hardest hit, are often too weak to even lift up their heads. People are on the edge and barely hanging on.

This famine is also threatening countless local communities in northeastern Kenya. Desperate for food and water, many people from these communities have also joined Somali refugees in trying to access resources from the displacement camps. But like many families arriving from Somalia, they are also being turned away. Simply put, the camps are overcrowded and lack the resources to meet the overwhelming need. This is where Womankind Kenya plays an invaluable role, reaching out to people who have been turned away and providing them with the vital resources to stay alive.

There is one danger, Hubbie said, that looms larger than anything else: the lack of water. This is why bringing water to these vulnerable communities is the number one priority for Womankind Kenya. Time and time again, women have told her that their primary concern is the search for water, because without it, they can’t survive for more than a few days.

Yifat also shared with us a video from Kenya. Watch it below:

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