Up and down the country, supporters of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) faith-based charities are answering the call to help 16 million people affected by drought and conflict in East Africa.
Charities CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Tearfund and World Vision UK are calling on local churches, mosques and faith communities to support the DEC’s East Africa Crisis Appeal. Supporters are being asked to fundraise, organise collections and to pray for the millions of people in need of lifesaving assistance in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Money raised will support the efforts of DEC member charities to reach affected families and communities.
The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, said: “It’s hard to comprehend that in the 21st century people are dying because of a lack of such simple things as food and water. Yet that is the reality. Christian Aid helps people of all faiths and none, and a crisis like this is a moment when humans divided by different political persuasions or beliefs can come together and show human solidarity.
“In Ethiopia, Christian Aid is providing food for 5,000 schoolchildren, and plans to feed a further 15,000. In South Sudan, we’re providing fishing nets and fast-maturing vegetable seeds to get people back on their feet.
“Across the UK, Christian Aid supporters will be holding collections and fundraising events this weekend.”
In Yirol, Central South Sudan, CAFOD partners are already getting food distributions under way, reaching 12,000 displaced families.
In Somalia alone, Islamic Relief projects have provided 400,000 people with water, sanitation, healthcare and child welfare.
DEC member charities are already on the ground delivering life-saving aid, such as food, treatment for malnutrition and clean drinking water. They are ready to scale-up their humanitarian support, but they need more funding to reach the millions of people in urgent need.
To make a donation to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal, visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 610, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.
The UK Government will match pound for pound the first £5 million donated by the public to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal.
Stay up to date with developments in East Africa, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the DEC on Twitter at www.twitter.com/decappeal, and on Facebook via www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee.