20 million on brink of starvation in East Africa
“I have six children. My youngest girl is called Mary. She is just one year old. I don’t have any food to give her so most of the time I offer her my empty breast. When she is too hungry I boil some leaves for her.” Anab, 38, South Sudan
The UN has warned that the world is now facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.
Over 20 million people, including millions of children, across Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia are on the brink of starvation. Families do not know where their next meal will come from and children are already dying from starvation. Back to back drought coupled with conflict, displacement and disease has led to the first declaration of famine anywhere in the world in over six years.
It is children who are most at risk during a food crisis. Lack of food and water is leading to acute malnutrition and outbreaks of disease, such as malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Over 1.4 million children could die in the coming months unless we act immediately.
Work for Good was not set up to do appeals. It is about consistently embedding philanthropy into your business in a way that is is good for your business, and good for causes. But we can’t stand by and watch this. Can you?
We feel so strongly that we have committed to match the first £5,000 of donations made by Work for Good businesses to our registered charities who support efforts in East Africa before the end of Friday.
£10,000 could provide water kits to 6,250 people, ensuring they can access clean drinking water.
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Many many thanks.
The Work for Good team
“We have a small window of opportunity to act before the famine reaches catastrophic levels.”
Savita Garg, Disaster Response Programme Manager, Plan International UK
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