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Update on Horn of Africa Famine Relief

// September 30th, 2011 // No Comments » // Disaster Relief, Somalia

We’ve just received a report from our field partners working in Somalia. First of all, thank you so much to all of you who donated to help with this relief! Because of your generosity we were able to distribute food in the northeastern part of Somalia in an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp. There are approximately 700 families in the camp and we had enough funding to provide food to 250 of the most needy families. As you can imagine, it was difficult to select the most vulnerable and needy as the situation is widespread. Each family of about six to eight people received rice and oil that will last them roughly one month. Ideally we would like to see every family in the camp receive food rations. If you would like to help feed the remaining 450 families, you can do so here. Thank you again! Here are a few pictures of the men, women and children your gift is helping to sustain.

URGENT Relief Needed for Horn of Africa

// August 29th, 2011 // No Comments » // Disaster Relief, Kenya, Somalia

Greetings,

photo by Mohamed Amin Jibril/IRIN

I just got off the phone with our partners and colleagues working in Somalia.  The news headlines and images of starving families in the Horn of Africa continue to grow.  But it is only the tip of the problem.  There are thousands of families that will never get help because few NGO’s go there.

These are the places where GHNI goes.

We have some food being shipped that will help but the URGENT ISSUE IS THEY NEED FOOD NOW.  So we are seeking to send funds there immediately to purchase food locally and deliver it without delay.  SHIPPIING TAKES 2 TO 3 MONTHS.  We can’t wait.  The starving can’t wait.  Our trusted partner team members are waiting there for us.

What is happening:  Eleven million people are at immediate risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Djibouti).  More than one half are children under the age of 15. The UN has declared this area a Phase 5 (highest level) catastrophe.  Malnutrition has now reached 37% in parts of Kenya and Somalia.  Refugee camp population in northern Kenya now exceeds ½ million, growing by 5,000 per week. The prolonged drought, together with the continued unrest and political instability, has contributed to the large number of people living as IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) in camps throughout the country with many seeking help in refugee camps inside Kenya.

GHNI’s trusted local partners have successfully been working in the area for a number of years and have experience in doing food distribution and other projects.  Their staff work together with local NGOs to coordinate the distribution of the aid.  GHNI receives reports with pictures after each project.

We would like to reach out to the most vulnerable and needy people in this region by supplying them with food and plastic sheeting for shelter.

The average family household would be between 4-8 people.  Each family would receive the following (the amount would vary depending on family size):

20KG Rice
20KG Flour/Corn/Beans
2 liters cooking oil
1 plastic sheeting for shelter

The above items would be purchased in country and then distributed.

A gift of $12,600 USD would feed 125 families for A MONTH. 

$1,260 FEEDS 125 FAMILIES FOR 3 DAYS

$415 FEEDS 125 FAMILIES FOR A DAY

$126 FEEDS ABOUT 40 FAMILIES FOR A DAY.

The families receiving the food will be the most vulnerable and needy Internally Displaced Persons, particularly women and the disabled in the northern part of Somalia (Puntland).  PUNTLAND HAS ALMOST NO AID WORKERS THERE.  THIS IS THE AREA WHERE SOMALI PIRATES LIVE AND HARBOR THEIR TEAMS.

Our field team members are there waiting to hear from us. 

LAUNCHING PAD FOR SELF SUSTAINABILITY

We have been working with our partners in Puntland for several years.  Once these victims survive the drought we hope we can engage more families in Transformational Community Development so they can learn drip irrigation, animal raising, and weather future droughts.

Thanks for whatever you can do to help.

Hal Jones, GHNI President