What’s Happening in East Africa and How You Can Help

There is no denying the severity of the crisis in East Africa right now. We’ve read the headlines and seen horrifying photos of starving children. The situation is getting worse every day. Two days ago, the United Nations declared a famine in three more areas of Somalia. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) estimates that nearly 30,000 children under the age of five have died because of the crisis. By September, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) predicts that the whole of Somalia and parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda will be under famine conditions.

We cannot stand idly by when thousands of children are starving to death. Thanks to your support, AJWS has already begun responding to the crisis. We are partnering with a humanitarian aid organization that is working on the frontlines of the crisis, providing emergency medical services and distributing food to refugees in Dadaab Refugee Camp in north eastern Kenya. Our partners are also working with communities in drought-affected areas to distribute water supplies, and build sanitation facilities to stop the spread of deadly diseases like cholera.

As our response progresses, we will concentrate on funding locally-based organizations that are providing relief to under-served communities in Kenya—communities that have been overlooked by large-scale, international humanitarian aid. Gaps in the relief efforts have begun to emerge and there has been a significant increase in the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence around the refugee camps.

We hope to give emergency grants to three more organizations next week, but can only do so with your continued support. To stay up to date on AJWS’s response to the famine and to support our relief efforts, please visit our East Africa famine relief webpage.

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8 Responses to What’s Happening in East Africa and How You Can Help

  1. Marti Bethay says:

    And yet one more sycophantic media chump chimed in (Scott Ostler)

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  3. You can’t get blood out of a stone

  4. hCG says:

    I am able to absolutely have an understanding of what you suggest by that. I only wish much more people would have an open mind regarding it as an alternative of their aged thinking.

  5. FREE says:

    Beggars cannot be choosers.

  6. I appreciate the comments on this blog, it really gives it that community sense!

  7. abby says:

    This issue is awful. I want to help, even though I’m in 7th grade. We have and English project, and for the project I have chosen to give care packages to Africa. Providing school supplies, proportioned food, medical supplies, and taking care of baby things. It may sound small, but it can make a difference! I want to prove to young people even though were small, we can make a difference!! Thank You for hearing me out!I hope this can help!

  8. eyerusalem says:

    iam 17 years old and i happen to be from africa i wanna make a change in this world not only in africa but all over the world. help in the best way i can. really would love to be part of this organization if i could help i have many ideas to share for the kids women n mens all around the world,but i have to start somewere. thank you and i hope i hear from this team thank you again.

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