Provide famine relief to families in Somalia

by World Concern
Aug 26, 2011

Providing emergency supplies to families

Families received vouchers to purchase supplies.
Families received vouchers to purchase supplies.

This week we provided emergency supplies to 100 families in Somalia displaced by the famine. When they left their homes and began walking in search of food and water, these families were only able to take with them what they could carry.

Imagine receiving some grain or beans, but having nothing to cook them in. Or finally arriving at a well and not having a container to collect water for your family.  

We’re providing things like cooking pots, blankets, soap, mosquito nets, jerrycans and more to families who are arriving in Dhobley, Somalia, near the Kenya border. One family we talked with had traveled 250 kilometers by foot over a period of several weeks. They had brought a few belongings, but half way through the journey, their donkey died. They were thankful to have some vital belongings replaced.

Families arriving in Dhobley receive vouchers from World Concern to purchase the items at shops in town. This supports the local economy (rather than bringing in goods from outside) and helps strengthen relationships with community leaders. The district commissioner expressed his gratitude and support for the way World Concern is working in Dhobley.

All of this is possible because of generous donors like you!

There are just a few days left in the Global Giving August Challenge for us to meet our $10,000 goal. We still need to raise a little over $2,000 – more would help us win bonus money to feed even more hungry families suffering in the Horn of Africa famine.

Thank you for your support of this life-saving project!

So grateful for help after walking for weeks.
So grateful for help after walking for weeks.
This boy is happy to have a cup to drink water.
This boy is happy to have a cup to drink water.



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Organization Information

World Concern

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Project Leader:
Joanne Felci
Seattle, Washington United States

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