Famine in Africa

So I’m sure a lot of you are very familiar with World Vision. Jason and I sponsor a child through them and also give other gifts here and there when we feel God lays it on our heart. I have always had this soft spot for Africa. Oh if I could scoop up every child there and bring them to live with me. But currently God has not given us the liberty to go and do that, so when I received this email today I felt like it was definitely a way I could help bring aid to those beautiful children and their families that are suffering so deeply. It really breaks my heart to think of a child Micaila and Ryann’s age starving. I copied the email below. I challenge you to pray and ask God if this is something you should contribute financially to.

Dear Sponsor,

The situation is getting worse for millions in the Horn of Africa. Famine has been declared in two regions of southern Somalia, and is likely to spread to neighboring areas if nothing is done to alleviate the suffering.

This is the first time in 20 years that a food crisis has reached the technical definition of a famine. Some experts fear the current conditions will cause more devastation than the drought that spread from the Horn of Africa in the 1980s. Already, more than 11 million people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance. Please help today.

  • In Somalia, 3.7 million people — half the population — are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • In Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, an average of 1,300 Somali refugees arrive each day. Half of the newly arrived children are malnourished, and many die on the way to the camp.
  • Ethiopia has the largest number of people affected — 4.5 million lives are at risk from the crisis.
  • Drought conditions are spreading into Tanzania — where 500,000 people are already affected — and threatening other nearby countries.
  Please help save lives in the Horn of Africa with emergency food, clean water, and other vital care.

Please know that if your sponsored child is directly affected, it is our policy to notify you as soon as possible.

If you’ve already given to help save children’s lives in the Horn of Africa, thank you. World Vision has launched a widespread response to the crisis, including emergency feeding programs for children, food distributions for vulnerable families, access to clean water and healthcare, protection of livestock, peacekeeping efforts, and more.

But more help is desperately needed to save children’s lives.

The Horn of Africa is unlikely to receive normal rainfall until early next year, and food prices continue to rise. Because World Vision has worked in the region for decades, we have been awarded government grants that can multiply the impact of your gift 5 times.

Join with us in praying for children and families in the Horn of Africa, and for improved conditions throughout the region. And please send a gift that multiplies 5 times in impact to help today.

Thank you for your generosity.

In Him,

Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.


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