A woman receives rice, beans, oil, sugar and salt
With your support, we've reached more than 20,000 hungry people with food in the war-torn town of Dhobley, Somalia! We've also brought life-saving water to an additional 19,500 people in Kenyan border communities hardest hit by drought.
It has been an amazing month, as we've faced many challenges – including fighting that broke out in Dhobley on Sept. 30, and most recently – rain! The rain is a sign of hope that there could be an end to the drought, but it also makes it difficult to reach those we're helping. The ground is so dry it can't absorb water. Puddles quickly turn into ponds, and roads become inaccessible.
In spite of all this, we’ve made some great progress, and reached desperate people with aid. I just returned from the Horn of Africa, and want to share with you some of the amazing things that you’re helping make possible in the midst of this horrific crisis.
But first, please take note that this Wednesday, Oct. 19 is Global Giving’s Bonus Day! Any donation made on Oct. 19 will be matched at 30% up to $1,000! Please consider helping us continue the progress we’re making and save more lives.
While I was in Somalia, I saw weary, exhausted mothers and fathers wait patiently in line to receive food rations from World Concern – finally able to feed their hungry children. They filled plastic jugs with fresh, clean water and sat in the dust beneath bare trees to drink and eat. Some have told us this is the best meal they’ve had in months.
Malika is one of those we’ve helped. After traveling in the back of a truck for days with her five children and 14 other families, she rested in a makeshift shelter near the Somalia-Kenya border. Her face was expressionless as she contemplated the journey to the overcrowded refugee camps. I’m sure she thought about the desolation she’d left behind, and wondered what was ahead for her family.
We were able to give Malika and her children enough food for 20 days, including rice, beans, oil, salt and sugar, along with some necessities – a cooking pot, water jug, mosquito nets, blankets and soap.
“This is exactly what I needed,” she said with gratitude. “It allows me to cook and do washing for my family. This is very important to me.”
Thousands more are receiving food each day through a unique voucher system. Families redeem the vouchers for specific food items from local shops. This supports the struggling local economy, ensures food ends up in the hands of those who need it most, and helps build relationships in places that are usually inaccessible.
Hundreds of sick and wounded children and families have been given medical assistance through our partners. You’re helping make this possible as well. Many of the children we serve are suffering from malnutrition, diarrhea and other famine-related illnesses.
Your support is vital to reaching families suffering in the Horn of Africa. According to the UN, an estimated 750,000 people are at risk of dying by the end of this year. Thank you for partnering with us as we bring life-saving help to those in desperate need.
With humble gratitude,
Dave Eller, President
An excited family receives a voucher for food.