Sahel Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Sahel Relief Fund

Project Report | Dec 14, 2012
Bringing Light to the Sahel this Holiday Season

By Carly Anderson | Project Team Intern

Photo courtesy of  Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Photo courtesy of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

The Sahel region has been on the brink of disaster for many months now.  There has been little rainfall, extreme temperatures and horrific violence throughout the region.  The people of this region are resilient, but they require basic necessities like you and me.  Because of unstable weather the people have not been able to maintain their livelihoods, selling crops and growing livestock.  Because of a war that the world is turning a blind eye to, thousands upon thousands are fleeing their homes and have lost their lives. 

Luckily, many organizations around the world are answering the call for help in the Sahel.  GlobalGiving has created the Sahel Relief Fund, partnering with organizations on our site that are already doing outstanding work with refugees, children, addressing needs of water, sanitation, and food.

The US Association for UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) is helping Malian refugees, Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, which is providing hunger relief to Sahel Nomads, and Merlin USA is addressing the immediate health needs of severely malnourished people. Edesia, Inc. is also feeding malnourished children with their innovative product Plumpy’Nut, the Near East Foundation (NEF) is supporting vulnerable livestock and crop farmers in Mali, Mercy Corps focuses on the long term needs of the people by strengthening communities and providing vocational training.

Organizations like Edesia, Inc. are taking measures to prevent famines from becoming a pandemic.  Edesia, Inc. distributes Plumpy’Nut in the Sahel to reverse malnutrition, help children to recover, grow, and prosper.  Plumpy’Nut is a vitamin enhanced peanut paste.  When children are given Plumpy’Nut in the Sahel, parents learn about the importance of nutrition.

The Near East Foundation (NEF) is supporting crop farmers and livestock at risk in Northern Mali.  There are a number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mali as a result of the political instability in the nation.  The IDPs do not have a stable place to create a new lifestyle, which is where NEF comes in to provide farming supplies, improved seed, fertilizer and animal feed. The NEF said that warehouses in Madiama, Sira Koro/Soufouroulaye, and Mopti received 2,528 bags, or 182,100 kg of rice seeds. 

The lingering famine and continuing violence in the Sahel region are a source of instability in the region.  The serious issues at hand are being addressed by GlobalGiving’s partners through the Sahel Relief Fund.

Thank you for your continuous support through GlobalGiving this holiday season!

Photo courtesy of Near East Foundation (NEF)
Photo courtesy of Near East Foundation (NEF)
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Photo courtesy of Mercy Corps
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.

Sign up for updates

Organization Information


Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
EIN: 30-0108263

Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GlobalGiving

About GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response

When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.

We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.

They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.

Learn more

Questions about this project? Contact us

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by GlobalGiving that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Get incredible stories, promotions, and matching offers in your inbox

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.