May 14, 2019

Food distribution in Mozambique

"Aktion Deutschland Hilft" employees are on site
"Aktion Deutschland Hilft" employees are on site

Cyclones Idai and Kenneth have left a trail of devastation in southern Africa. At intervals of just a few weeks, the cyclones in Mozambique have caused destruction and severe flooding. Above all, the cyclone hit the poorest of the poor.

Helpers of our members organizations are on site. They provide the children, women and men with fresh drinking water, food, blankets and medicines. In addition, they distribute tents to the homeless people. They help with the clean-up and reconstruction. Hygiene packages prevent diseases like cholera from spreading further.

Our member organization World Vision has distributed food to the people of Metuchira. On April 6, 2019, 2000 families received 6Kg rice, 1Kg beans, 1L oil per person as a ration for the next 15 days, and in the following days 4,000 - 6,000 additional families are to be cared for.

Thanks to your donation, the people of Mozambique have something to eat. Thank you very much for your support.

a women is carrying food
a women is carrying food
The people of Metuchira got rice, beans and oil
The people of Metuchira got rice, beans and oil
the cyclones destroyed many houses
the cyclones destroyed many houses
Feb 13, 2019

A future in Ethiopia

HelpAge ensures that older people receive aid
HelpAge ensures that older people receive aid

The brutal civil war in South Sudan forces millions of people to leave their home and seek for safety in one of the neighbouring countries. Aktion Deutschland Hilft and its coalition members work in South Sudan and the adjacent countries to support the refugees. Many thousands of them crossed the borders to Ethiopia to find refuge.

Life in a refugee camp is always hard. As many people had to flee instantly, they could not bring their belongings, such as household items or clothes. Next to water, food and medicine they need items for their daily use, such as matrasses, pots and pans for cooking and hygiene materials. In their tents or huts they find shelter from the weather, but they are often crowded with many generations living together. Among the refugees, the situation is especially hard for old people. They often have special needs, e.g. they cannot walk for long or need medical treatment.

To ensure that older people’s needs are not forgotten, our member organisation HelpAge organises interest groups for this group. 63-year-old Chol Pur Keath is spokeswomen in an interest group for older refugees. She was appointed to give the interest group a voice and to pass on their needs to the camp administration, the local government and the aid workers. The main goal is that old people and their needs become visible within the camp, so that they can participate in decisions and take responsibility within the camp. Her megaphone is Chol’s most important tool in their regular meetings: Everyone can hear her. HelpAge is training her to be able to support the interest group as good as she can.

HelpAge additionally employs people who function as home-based carers, to ensure that older people know about everything that goes on in the camp. The carers visit older people at home to inform them about distributions and other events. If the person is not able to reach the distribution point, a home delivery can be organised. This insures that older people get the same amount of food and non food items, so they stay healthy and well-nourished.

With your donation to our project you make this and other projects possible and ensure, that the needs of all the refugees are heard – whether they are old or young, women or men or healthy or sick. We cordially thank you for your support!

Interest groups speak up for older people's needs
Interest groups speak up for older people's needs
Feb 13, 2019

With food and medicine against malnutrition

Treating sick and malnourished children
Treating sick and malnourished children

Since its separation from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. The independence has so far not improved the life of its people: More than half of the population lives in extreme poverty. Since the beginning of the civil war in 2013, Millions of South Sudanese have fled from home. As farmers cannot work on the fields, the country suffers under the lack of food supply. Droughts worsen the situation.

Our coalition member Johanniter works within the biggest refugee camp in the city of Wau. In their health centre, they treat refugees who are injured, sick or malnourished. As the famine continues, also people from surrounding areas and villages seek help at the health centre.

The aid workers in Wau focus on treating malnourished children under five years. In addition, adults and children with malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory diseases are treated. To establish a child’s state of malnutrition, the health works measure it by height and weight. In addition, aid workers measure the circumference of the middle upper arm with a special measuring tape, called MUAC. If the child suffers from light or severe malnutrition, the child is taken into the centre for treatment. Depending on the state of the malnutrition, the children must stay at the centre for several weeks. They must be slowly fed a special high calories diet. The centre also distributes medicine against other diseases.

As the health sector in South Sudan is chronically underfinanced, centres like this are often the only opportunity to seek medical help. To overcome malnutrition on the long run, our member organisations distribute food to families in need. They support schools with a hot meal per day, to ensure that the children go to school instead of working or begging. Furthermore, they help farmers with innovative watering systems and trainings, so they are able to harvest even in a drought.

We sincerely thank you for your kind donation for this project. With your support, our member organisations can treat malnourished and sick children in Wau and can implement other projects against famine in South Sudan. Thank you for making this possible.

Measuring the height and weight
Measuring the height and weight
Assessing the state of malnutrition
Assessing the state of malnutrition
 
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