(May 29, 2017) – Today the Government of Canada announced the launch of the Famine Relief Fund, which will be matching all donations made by Canadians to humanitarian relief organizations responding to the famine and widespread food insecurity in countries throughout East, Central and West Africa.
Over 20 million people across more than 10 countries are experiencing debilitating circumstances caused by drought or famine. Famine has been declared in several parts of South Sudan, and food insecurity has reached perilous levels in other countries. A United Nations official has declared this the “worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.” The Famine Relief Fund will match all donations made between March 17 and June 30, 2017.
As the government announcement noted, children in particular are at-risk of malnutrition. World Renew is already at work with partners in South Sudan to provide nutritional food supplements to malnourished children. This assistance has already reached thousands of people, but more needs to be done.
“In the midst of a crisis of this scale, it’s easy to lose sight of the human element,” says Kenneth Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation. “But these 60 million people are more than just a number; they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, each with a unique story.”
In the coming months, World Renew is committed to continuing its response to this crisis, not only in South Sudan, but throughout the region. Support is needed to expand this effort, and with the Canadian government’s match of funds for famine and drought relief, donations will now go twice as far. World Renew is appealing for contributions today to provide assistance in communities before it is too late.