East Africa Famine Appeal - Please Contribute Generously

East Africa Famine Appeal - Please Contribute Generously

 "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35.

blue_green_donate_button_02.jpg

Sudan_Boy_Source_Unicef.jpgIn observance of the World Council of Churches' Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on May 21, let's:

  • Join the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine  - Reach a $50,000 Special Appeal Goal   -  Take Advocacy Actions

 

THE SITUATION

Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines - in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen - breaking out all at once. 

Twenty million people face starvation within the next six months. International aid officials warn that this is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.  Increased investment in international humanitarian assistance at this moment is critical to assist these people in crisis.  In addition, we see that continued funding for peacebuilding programs that prevent violent conflict are critical pieces that help address root causes of poverty and famine. 

Crying_child.jpgTo address the current famine, the global humanitarian community is ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but requires additional funds immediately to do so.

Let's do our part through our prayers, generous contributions, and advocacy with the U.S. government to release emergency funding to meet the catastrophic needs of these four countries and support robust funding for diplomatic, development, and peacebuilding tools, which are critical to our security, and to the well-being of others around the world.  We must act now, before it is too late. 

Let's Pray Together –

On May 21, participate in the "Global Day of Prayer to End Famine"

World Council of Churches Prayer Resources are available here

Let's Make Our Best Donation to help end the suffering

Please make gifts by May 21.

   On-line:    Emergency Appeal for East Africa Famine

   By mail:    Make checks payable to United Church of Christ with memo note: 

"International Emergency Relief Fund – East Africa Famine."  Mail to:  United Church of Christ, Financial Services Office, 700 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland, OH  44115

Trusted, on-the-ground partnerships enable the church around the world to get food resources directly to the people who need them.  UCC Disaster Ministries already has sent $85,000 generated through the 2017 One Great Hour of Sharing Offering funds to the ecumenical ACT Alliance and IMA World Health for famine relief.  

East_Africa_Famine.jpgSupport provided to ACT Alliance means food, nutrition supplements, safe water, sanitation, fast-maturing seeds, farming tools, and support to keep pupils and teachers in school. Through IMA World Health we deploy mobile clinics, therapeutic feeding and medicines, and are supporting partners like Sudan Medical Care, featured in this video:

Let's Advocate –

Call for U.S. leadership to generate the funds needed to avert catastrophe.  Urge Congress today to save lives in these four countries by maintaining robust foreign assistance funding as it considers the 2018 budget. Click here for more information and advocacy tools. 

Click Here for the March 28, 2017, UCC News Story

Photo captions/credits:

Child in South Sudan receives help. UNICEF photo.

Malnourished child in Nigeria receives medical attention. UNICEF photo.

 

 

Contact Info

Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3215
richardp@ucc.org

Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org