Provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims

by International Medical Corps
Dance Ceremonies as Part of GBV Community Outreach
Dance Ceremonies as Part of GBV Community Outreach

Almost one year ago, you helped us respond to a massive humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.  We’ve been able to reach thousands of families displaced, and today our training and education programs are creating lasting positive change within these devastated communities. 

Ethiopia’s Dolo Ado camps are home to more than 150,000 refugees, the vast majority Somalis who’ve fled across the border to Ethiopia.  A deeply conservative society, gender-based violence (GBV) is pervasive in Somalia and women are often relegated second-class status. 

Since 2009, International Medical Corps’s GBV awareness and prevention programs in the Dolo Ado camps provide key services to survivors, including psychosocial support and referral services.  We also work to change attitudes towards gender-roles and GBV within the community:  our teams holds community events like tea talks, dance ceremonies, and skits to educate and mobilize community members. 

Sadiya was just one of the women who’ve benefited from our work.  After losing three of her children to the drought in Somalia, she fled with her remaining children to Dolo Ado while her husband stayed to look after their property. 

Although life in the camps is challenging, Sadiya now has the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas on how to improve her and her family’s lives at International Medical Corps’ tea-talk sessions.  

Says Sadiya: “I like attending the tea-talk sessions. I can be here with my friends. I feel safe here.   I have a young daughter and thanks to what I have learned here, I won’t make her marry early. And I won’t subject her to female genital cutting.”

When asked if her husband would object to her new views, Sadiya replies, “I will educate him, and I think he will listen. If not, I will bring him to a tea-talk session.”

Sadiya is just one of thousands of refugees in East Africa whose lives we’ve changed with your help.  On behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you!


Photo: Kenya 2007 Margaret Aguirre
Photo: Kenya 2007 Margaret Aguirre

This Sunday is the Academy Awards©. Millions will be watching as Hollywood recognizes the past year's most acclaimed films.

That got us thinking: what if we could get even a small fraction of those millions to show their support for saving lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disease, conflict, and natural disaster?

Before the Academy Awards© this Sunday, we want to add 1,000 new Facebook supporters. "Like" us on Facebook today and help us reach our goal before February 26.

When you "like" us on Facebook and share our posts, you're helping more and more people to find out about our lifesaving work. And when more people know how they can help, we can restore health and hope to more communities around the world!

"Like" us on Facebook today and don't forget to share with your friends, so they can be part of the campaign too!

Thank you. We know we can count on your support!

Mohammed teaches community members at Kobe Camp.
Mohammed teaches community members at Kobe Camp.

When 20-year-old Mohammed first arrived in Ethiopia’s Kobe Refugee Camp 6 months ago, he had never been employed, never been able to earn a salary, and had never received any formal education. A refugee from Northern Somalia, he had walked 6 days to escape the massive drought that has caused widespread suffering throughout the region. Soon after came what Mohammed described as “the turning point in my life.”

International Medical Corps hired him as a Hygiene Promoter, a critical component to reducing the threat of communicable diseases in the crowded camps.

Hygiene Promoters are trained by International Medical Corps and then share their knowledge throughout their communities, teaching others about proper hand washing techniques, the importance of using latrines, and properly cleaning jelly cans used to carry drinking water.

Mohammed is one of many refugees in the Dolo Ado Camps we're training in hygiene promotion, as well as sanitation, nutrition and gender-based violence response, among other topics. The benefits are enduring: these trained Health Promoters multiply our efforts many times over, teaching others, providing sustainable health solutions within the camps. Plus, the program creates employment opportunities for families struggling to rebuild.

Famine was officially declared in East Africa 6 months ago, and today an estimated 13.3 million people throughout Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya urgently need humanitarian relief.

But these communities need more than a hand-out. They also need long-term solutions. By training and educating local men and women, we create a foundation to build a sustainable health care system for a healthier future.

Says Mohammed: "...with the power of knowledge I have received through trainings on hygiene promotion, I am now able to improve sanitation and hygiene practices in my community. I now know that diarrhea can be prevented by using a latrine and by washing hands with soap and water and am in a position to pass on the message of safe hygiene practices and behaviors to my fellow community members. I will thank International Medical Corps one day when I reach home!"

After a massive humanitarian response, the UN recently announced that famine conditions are no longer present in Somalia.  However, 1.7 million people still desperately need humanitarian relief to survive.  In addition, food stocks in Somalia are expected to run low by May, adding to fears that the country could quickly slip back into crisis. 

Working in East Africa since 1991, International Medical Corps will continue its lifesaving relief and recovery efforts, helping these vulnerable communities rebuild through training and education.

2012 is almost here and we would like to take a moment to thank you for supporting our emergency response efforts in East Africa.

This year with the help of our amazing supporters, we were able to respond to the ongoing drought and famine in East Africa, as well as crises in Libya and Japan, while continuing our long-term recovery programs worldwide. You can see for yourself --click on the video below and hear firsthand from our staff on the frontlines, working in some of the most unstable and dangerous regions of the world.

And as we look to the future, we hope we can count on your support again.

Your generosity was crucial during our initial emergency response and it’s just as important now, as we work to help these devastated communities rebuild and recover. Please considering making a donation or using your new GlobalGiving gift card to help our rebuilding efforts.

Your donation will help us start 2012 strong!

On behalf of all of at International Medical Corps, thank you for your support.


GlobalGiving has announced an amazing opportunity and we need your help to make it happen! 

Starting at October 19, 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will match 30% of all online donations up to $1,000 per donor until the end of the day or when funds run out.  In addition, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors. 

Think about it: your gift of $40 becomes $52… $100 becomes $130…. $400 becomes $520…

But funds will run out quickly and we need you to act fast on October 19 to take advantage of this match before it’s too late. 

With your support for Provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims, International Medical Corps has:

  • Provided lifesaving nutritional interventions for refugees in the Dolo Ado camps.
  • Launched nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene programs for drought victims.

In the past, your support has meant so much to countless men, women, and children in need.  Now, you can give knowing that your donation will go 30% further and that 92 cents of every dollar you give goes to program-related activities.

Please – act soon and your donation could save lives. 

Thank you.  We know we can count on your support.



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