In Aragh, smiling faces after a long summer.
RAIN is happy to share that through the support of our GlobalGiving friends, along with help from the Zakat Foundation, The Prem Rawat Foundation, and Rotary International, our Emergency Food Aid effort has been fully funded!
Throughout this past summer, nomadic families watched helplessly as their crops withered, their animals perished, and children languished from hunger as a fearsome drought wound its way through West Africa. In Foudouk, partner communities suffered a 40% loss of their animals. Many villages told the same story - food supplies at rock bottom, in both homes and schools. RAIN responded with a call of action to our supporters, and some new friends, too. The call was heard and the response has been amazing. Emergency supplies of grain, legumes, oil, and animal feed began making its way to eagerly awaiting communities, some of whom were new to RAIN. Entire villages traveled to their schools to welcome the aid, even assisting with transport when needed. RAIN staff were rewarded upon arrival with smiles and expressions of relief and joy.
Inspired by these efforts, the Zakat Foundation came forward with timely support that averted hunger for many families. However, even after the rain returned and the land began to show the promise of green, families bereft of their livestock and food stores still remained at risk. The Prem Rawat Foundation stepped in to ensure the food aid continued into the year. Rotary International boosted food supplies in the village of Bon Feba. Destroyed school market gardens are being restored, the animals that are essential to survival are being fed, and children are returning to schools that can provide food once again.
RAIN would like to extend our deepest gratitude on behalf of all the families brought back from the edge of famine - you have restored hope and smiles in the wake of a tremendous ordeal. Tanmeert.
Back to school in Awiderer!
A happy mother in Mayat.