Sunday, July 24, 2011

famine in Africa 2011

Eleven million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and they are in desperate need of help.

Typically, my blog is all about pretty, crafty, smart, beautiful things in the world. Tonight at home, we were packing up household items for our upcoming move. My son was upset because he thought I threw away some of his toys. He was sniffling and tearing up a bit.

When I look at photos like the ones above, I think it is ridiculous what we complain about in our everyday lives. As a mother of three, I cannot even imagine what the parents in the drought areas of Africa are feeling. They aren't worried about toys, who is going to fold the laundry or whether they have the right shoes for their outfit. They just want to find enough food and water so they can stay alive.

It's terrible and heartbreaking. If this strikes you like it did me... this is what you can do to help.

UNICEF is asking for $31.8 million over the next three months for relief efforts. The money will help provide therapeutic treatment for women and children with severe malnutrition, access to clean drinking water and vaccinations to prevent deadly diseases like measles and polio.

"The earlier we act, the more children we can save. Americans are a generous people, and a little goes a long way -- just $10 can feed a child for 10 days," said Caryl Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

To help UNICEF's efforts, text "FOOD" to 864233 to donate $10 from the United States or visit the website. Follow this link to make a donation from other countries around the world.

The United Nations World Food Programme has plans to airlift high energy biscuits and highly nutritious supplementary foods for children and pregnant or nursing mothers into southern Somalia.

Donations can be made from various countries online or via text. To donate $10 from the United States, text "AID" to 27722; to donate $5 from Canada, text "RELIEF" to 45678; to donate £3 from the United Kingdom text "AID" to 70303.

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