Help These Children Avoid Further Suffering

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Jun 10, 2013

Spotlight on our Partner Project in Ethiopia

Rift Valley Children and Women Development
Rift Valley Children and Women Development

The UN estimates that more than 10 million people in East Africa have been affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in over 60 years. The drought in Ethiopia has resulted in a food shortage and increased malnutrition for over 97,800 people in the Oromia region alone. As a result families have been forced to migrate with their animals to areas of better pasture and children are removed from school and expected to contribute to household income through hazardous activities such as gold mining.

Retrak has been working in Oromio with a local organization called Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO). We're working together to help children affected by the drought access education and regular meals. 

RCWDO works with women and children to address the causes of poverty and underdevelopment in the Rift Valley areas. The partnerhsip enables RCWDO to help prevent malnutrition in Oromia by providing 650 children in two target schools with meals for one year. As a result children will have the energy to concentrate in class and alleviate the families’ burden of struggling to provide food for their children during the drought. Food aid is also provided to over 2,200 vulnerable members of the community, including single parents and children under 5 years old.

Thanks to your support, children in Oromio are able to stay in school and to eat regular meals.  Please consider making an additional donation on June 12th, during GlobalGiving's Partner Bonus Days, where your donation will go even further. All donations made on June 12th will be matched by 50% by GlobalGiving.



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Joan Townsend

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Washington, DC United States

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