Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grain Crew Ethiopia

Many of you may remember that last fall, the situation in the Horn of Africa was dire. Drought, famine, death. A friend has recently returned from visiting the region of Ethiopia where Anna's family lives. She shared that the effects of the drought are still being felt deeply.

While the rains have come, they came very late. Harvest is not expected until August. Between now and August, many will be hungry... or worse. Surviving until the harvest is the biggest concern.

And I am thrilled to share with you a way in which you can help.

My friend has organized a simple collection which will go directly to food relieve in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. The relief is temporary, as a crutch until harvest-time. The food will be distributed through an orgnization already working on the ground. The at-risk families will be identified through local churches (these are generally women-headed families).

The fiscal sponsor is Save One Starfish. You can donate to the Grain Crew Ethiopia for immediate food relief here (scroll to the bottom of the page). This collection will be open until June 1. You may also donate by check (contact me for the mailing address).

A full accounting of the food relief will be provided (and I will share it here, or contact me to find out how to get the info directly.) Updates are expected in October.

Last year, under similar circumstances, 136 families were aided by $3000. Yes, just $22 will help a vulnerable family eat until harvest-time. Will you please consider donating?

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