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The current drought in East Africa is the worst in 60 years. Between 11 and 13 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Tens of thousands of people walk for days headed to refugee camps only to die of thirst and hunger. Mothers have to choose which of their children will live, babies are born only to be left to die, women are at higher risk for sexual assault, and the instability of the famine only exacerbates existing political tensions and violence. To make matters worse there's no rain forecast until September, leaving millions of people hanging on for dear life.

I know that a lot of us might not have the financial ability to donate but please, please donate if you can, bbs. Every little bit helps. To my Canadian bbs, every dollar we donate will be matched by the government until September 16th.

Donating Online

Oxfam International - "Large parts of East Africa are facing the world's worst food crisis. Across the region Oxfam's humanitarian response is aiming to reach approximately three million people with water, sanitation and food. Please support our biggest ever emergency appeal for Africa." Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there.)

The International Red Cross - "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is scaling up its emergency operation in central and southern Somalia to assist an additional 1.1 million drought- and conflict-affected people." Donate

World Vision International - Youtube video of World Vision's work in Ethiopia regarding the crisis. Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there.)

Save the Children - "Save the Children has already launched a major humanitarian response in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, feeding tens of thousands of underweight children, providing life-saving medical treatment, and getting clean water to remote communities. But with the situation worsening by the day — and no more rain due till late September — Save the Children urgently needs money to dramatically ramp up its response." Donate

CARE International - "CARE has doubled our emergency appeal to US$48 million to provide food, water and emergency relief to 2 million people affected by the drought in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya" Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there.)

The Humanitarian Coalition - A Canadian colation of CARE, Oxfam, Plan Canada and Save the Children. Donate

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders - "Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, health-care exclusion and natural or man-made disasters. MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Pakistan and chooses to rely solely on private donations. Donate (The international site doesn't accept donations, instead find your home country and donate there. If donating through MSF check off that you want your donation directed to the 'Horn of Africa Crisis.')

Relief International - "Relief International's programs depend on the support of thousands of people around the world. Your generous support fuels Relief International's programs in disaster-stricken and war-torn communities around the world. Your donation now will immediately be put to use in working to save lives and restore livelihoods." Donate

UNICEF International - "UNICEF and its partners are racing to step up their emergency response to the crisis in Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa. So far, the agency has brought in enough supplies to feed 65,000 children in southern Somalia. An estimated $177 million will be needed to reach all Somali children in need over the next six months." Donate

The International Development and Relief Foundation - "For this current initiative IDRF has partnered with the Himilo Relief & Development Association, a Somali organization with extensive experience working in refugee camps inside Somalia. The project aims to provide emergency food relief for families with a focus on nutritional supplements for children under the age of 5 in the Doomey IDP camp in Hiiran Province, Somalia. Hiiran province borders the hardest hit areas of the famine." Donate (If donating through IDRF put "IDRF AFRICA FAMINE RELIEF" in the comments.)

World Food Programme - "With famine in southern Somalia and more than 11 million people in desperate need of food assistance in the region, countless lives hang in the balance. Just 50 US cents per day is enough to feed a hungry child or mother on the edge of survival." Donate

The International Rescue Committee - "The International Rescue Committee is scaling up relief efforts to aid people devastated by the drought — the worst in 60 years — that is ravaging much of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The IRC has long had expert teams in the region and your emergency donation will help us provide relief to innocent people including those hardest hit by the drought, young children and the elderly." Donate

Disaster Emergency Committee - A UK collection of leading humanitarian charities. "As the donations come in DEC members are moving to establish or scale up operations on the ground to help those afflicted by the drought." Donate - Hat-tip to [livejournal.com profile] ghost_busting

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee - The UUSC has have a three-pronged approach: providing immediate aid within Somalia, providing aid to refuge camps in Kenya and Ethiopa to prevent those areas from falling into famine, and working with local partners to address longer term implications of the drought and disruption in the food supply. Donate - Hat-tip to [livejournal.com profile] thenakedcat

Text Donations

In Canada text "AFRICA" to 20222 to donate $5 to IDRF's East Africa Drought Relief Fund.

In Canada text "AFRICA" to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross.

In Canada text AFRICA to 41010 to donate $10 to Salvation Army Canada.

In Canada text GIVE to 45678 to donate $10 to UNICEF Canada.

In Canada text RELIEF to 45678 to donate $5 to the UN World Food Programme.

In Canada text FAMINE to 45678 to donate $5 to the World Vision Canada.

In the US text “FOOD” to "UNICEF" (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days.

In the US text “AID” to 27722 to donate $10 to the United Nations World Food Programme.

In the US text “4AFRICA” to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision.

In the US text “SHELTER” to 20222 to donate $10 to ShelterBox.

In the US text “SURVIVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children.

Extra Info

The DOs and DON’Ts of Disaster Donations

Charity Navigator - This site rates non-profits, the specific link sending you to their rating of various organizations that are helping in Pakistan. A really nice tool to help you decide where to donate, it also has quite a few organizations that aren't mentioned in this post.

Feel free to link the shit out of this post. Any suggestions or updates are more than welcome. I know that a lot of us can't afford to give, but if you can please, please do.

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