Horn of Africa Famine Relief

Nov 7, 2012

Horn of Africa Famine Relief Update 11.6.2012

Your continued support has helped save lives and recover livelihoods of families affected by the worst drought to hit Somalia in 60 years. Beyond famine relief, your support has saved the lives of mothers and children, ensuring that they see a better future—from life-saving health care the moment they are born until the time children are ready to go off to school.

In partnership with GlobalGiving, Relief International is providing life-saving health and nutritional services to expectant mothers and children. In Somalia, a mother dying in childbirth is common, due to factors such as a lack of antenatal care available during pregnancy. Prenatal healthcare is key in preventing problems that may arise due to complications in birth and in ensuring the health of the mother and her unborn child. In September alone, Relief International clinics screened 101 Somali mothers over the span of three antenatal care visits, resulting in 18 successful deliveries with zero complications. This past fall, Relief International saved over 125 children who were suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Relief International is working to increase access to primary education for Somali youth and create gender equality in education for women by making basic education resources more accessible. Recently, Relief International furnished and equipped 8 adult learning centers, installed solar panels on 6 primary schools to provide electricity, and trained 12 counselors to support street children’s educational needs in 4 reintegration centers. This past October, three books written in Somali were printed for distribution along with picture charts, letter blocks, abacuses, and supplementary reading books that were distributed to schools. In the 8 adult learning centers, there are currently 2637 students enrolled, where 1801 of these students are women working through the strength of education to empower themselves.

Supplying Somali women and children with tools to rebuild their livelihoods is the key to transforming this crisis, creating sustainable development, and eradicating poverty. The holiday season is fast approaching, families, mothers, and their children around the Horn of Africa are still in dire need. Let’s continue to give them hope for their future.


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