Monday, July 25, 2011

Every Little Bit Helps!

We’ve all heard the news about the worst drought in decades in the Horn of Africa and the ensuing famine. According to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), “The impact of the drought has been exacerbated by high local cereal prices, excess livestock mortality, conflict and restricted humanitarian access in some areas.”

Rather than passively hearing about the catastrophe, each and every one of us can act to offer a little bit of relief to the victims of this crisis. Please consider making a difference by making a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières. The organization states it relies on public support for 2 important reasons:

-“To ensure the freedom to provide humanitarian assistance whenever and wherever it is needed.

– To remain independent from political, religious and economic interests.”

80% of funds received by Doctors Without Borders go to program activities, 16% to fundraising and 4% for administration.

Another effort, run by Swiss Solidarity partner-organizations, is carrying out emergency relief aid on the ground. Yet Swiss Solidarity states on its website that, “The needs of the famine victims are overwhelming.” Click here to donate online. Every little bit helps.