UCC’s One Great Hour of Sharing launches appeal for victims of East African famine, drought
Written by Staff Reports
July 27, 2011
The United Church of Christ has issued
a $250,000 emergency relief appeal for drought- and famine-impacted communities
in the Eastern Horn of Africa.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief grants
have been shared with Church World Service (CWS) and Action by Churches
Together (ACT) to support immediate emergency food relief in Somalia, Kenya and
Ethiopia. The UCC is a member communion of Church World Service and an
affiliate of the ACT Alliance.
As part of Our Church’s Wider Mission,
OGHS is one of the UCC’s four special mission offerings.
This year marks the driest period in
the Eastern Horn of Africa region since 1995, with the lowest level of rainfall
in more than 50 years. More than 10 million people are affected by the drought.
In Somalia, some 3.7 million people face a crisis, while in Kenya the estimate is
up to 3.5 million people.
The United Nations has declared that famine exists in two
areas of southern Somalia, southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.
Learn more and donate.