Provide famine relief to families in Somalia

$13,533 $11,467
Raised Remaining
Dec 16, 2011

The healing power of food

You're helping people like Halima and Raha survive

A small patch of black hair is growing in on the back of 6-year-old Raha’s head – a sign of health in her frail body. For months, her hair has been turning almost blond and her belly swelled – indications that malnutrition was taking its toll.

What’s changed? Food.

Raha is one of eight children. They live in Dhobley, Somalia, a drought and famine-stricken community in southern Somalia. Her mother, Halima, resorted to begging to try and feed her hungry, crying children. She would leave early in the morning and return each afternoon … sometimes with a little food to cook; other times with nothing.

“There is no job opportunity and people are hungry,” she said.

The family survived because World Concern and donors like you are providing food for Halima and her children through a unique voucher program. With the vouchers she receives, Halima can purchase food from local merchants in Dhobley. She’s now able to feed her children three meals a day. 

“Since we didn’t have something to cook, when we get the support of the food voucher, we are very happy.  There is a total difference in our lives,” Halima said, smiling.

She runs her hands back and forth on Raha’s head, pausing on the patch of black hair in back. “When she got food, she has been recovering,” she said.

World Concern has provided food for 135,000 meals in Dhobley since August. Autumn rains have made access difficult, and insecurity remains a major challenge in reaching people with life-saving aid. But we’re uniquely positioned to help in this crisis, and we’re using innovative methods to work around the challenges. As a result, lives like little Raha’s are being saved.

Please help us reach more families in the Horn of Africa.



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