As you are probably aware, over 10 million people in the Horn of Africa countries are starving and struggling to survive the worse drought in 60 years. The images and stories are heart breaking and it makes you wonder how something like this can happen in a world where iPhones and iPads are some of the top topics of conversation among friends and colleagues. I'm not going to write about the sad stories and post the horrific videos about mothers who have had to leave their weak babies on their search for food and water. Instead I want you to know how you can help. Please do what you can and even go beyond to do what you think you can't. The lives of 10 million people are at risk.
1. Spread the word! Share this blog through Facebook or Twitter. Share Horn of Africa videos on YouTube. Tweet or share articles from your local news channel, BBC or CNN. Talk about it. Make sure everyone knows.
2. Use your Facebook or Twitter account to thank some of the great organizations below that are acting to provide food and water in Ethiopia, Somalia and Northern Kenya. Sending positive words and thanks goes a long way too.
3. DONATE to your preferred organization! Even AU$10 or HK$80 goes a long way. Only HK$400 / AU$47 will provide 51 packets of high energy biscuits that are especially developed for malnourished children in emergency situations. That's 51 children you helped to save. Here are a list of organizations and links to their donation pages in Hong Kong and Australia that are accepting donations to provide immediate aid in the Horn of Africa.
- From their website "Across drought affected areas in the Horn of Africa, UNICEF is working with partners to treat acute malnutrition through therapeutic feeding programmes; provide medicines and vaccinations to prevent disease; gain access to clean water through the repair of pumping stations, digging boreholes, chlorination of water sources and water trucking; support education through temporary learning spaces and the use of School-in-a-Box kits; and scale up of protection measures to ensure children are safe from violence, abuse and exploitation. UNICEF has appealed for US$ 31 million to cover the costs of most urgent scale up of operations."
- Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
- UNICEF Australia
- From their website "World Vision has been working with the United Nations World Food Programme in distributing food supplies. World Vision is also engaged in the school feeding programme; and a list of long-term projects in the following areas: water and sanitation hygiene, agricultural rehabilitation, food for work, veterinary support, and supplementary feeding for animals etc. World Vision initially plans to fund HK$400 million to carry out relief projects to aid people in desperate need of help."
- World Vision Hong Kong
- World Vision Australia
- From their website "We're working directly, and with partners, in the region to support 3 million people with life-saving water, basic sanitation, food and cash."
- Oxfam Hong Kong
- Oxfam Australia
Thank you for reading, sharing and donating.
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