We are almost there! Help us feed 50 Ethiopian families

At the beginning of August, Vulnerable Children Society set a goal of raising $1900 to feed 50 additional families in Ethiopia, affected by the devastating Horn of Africa drought and soaring food prices.

Nearing the end of the month, we are almost there! So far, thanks to our generous supporters, we have raised $1410 dollars. Will you help us reach our goal?

The families waiting for food aid were vetted by the Wolata Women’s Office, a division of the Ethiopian government, for Vulnerable Children Society’s House 2 House program. They are very high risk families: all are extremely poor, the majority are affected by HIV/AIDS, and many are extended families that have taken in orphaned children.

Your support means these families have a chance. After recieving a bag of tef flour via our Ethiopian partner Faya Orphanage, guardians have a chance to feed their children. Food is essential not only for nutrition, but for holding off disease. Many of the children are HIV+ and on ARVs (anti-retrovirals), but the drugs only can hold back the tide of AIDS if the child is adequately nourished.

Thank you so much to all the amazingly gracious supporters who have donated so far – your generosity astounds us.

To donate via credit card or Paypal, please click here.

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The Drought in the Horn of Africa is Just Getting Worse

The following are quotes from various news articles describing the severity of the drought in Ethiopia and its neighbouring countries. Note the articles talk as much about soaring food prices as the drought itself as reasons for the famine and hardship.

This is the worst drought in eastern Africa in decades. More than 12 million people in the region are in need of emergency assistance. Some two million children are acutely malnourished; 500,000 children are on the verge of starvation. Time is of the essence. Read more…

Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)… highlighted the deteriorating situation in the region, saying it is a
“human disaster becoming a human catastrophe.”

“The situation is terrible now, tens of thousands have already died, more than 300,000 children across the region are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of dying,” he said.  Read more…

The famine in the Horn of Africa is manmade — the result of artificially high prices for food and civil conflict, the World Bank’s lead economist for Kenya Wolfgang Fengler has told Reuters…  The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years destroying crops, killing livestock and causing hunger and famine across parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.  Read more…

You can help by donating to any of the amazing humanitarian agencies doing work in the Horn of Africa, including through Vulnerable Children for our campaign to feed Ethiopian families.

A Special Thank You to Families Who Have Visited Faya Orphanage

Vulnerable Children Society would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Canadian families who have donated to and/or visited Faya Orphanage. Your generosity means that, to date, the children living at Faya Orphanage have not experienced negative fallout from the drought affecting Ethiopia.

According to Faya Orphanage director Meseret Demissie, the donations brought to the orphanage have offset other costs, and enabled the orphanage to afford food for the children in her care.

As a result of the drought, prices in central Ethiopia where Faya operates have skyrocketed, meaning that essential food supplies and medicines have become almost out of reach for many families.

Over the last few years, several dozen Canadian families have visited Faya Orphanage with donations, while families in Canada also continue to sponsor children living there. It is this generous support that has helped safeguard the well-being of children who call Faya Orphanage home.

During this food crisis, it has never been clearer that donations from Canadians make a real and lasting difference in the lives of HIV+ and HIV- children living at Faya Orphanage.

If you are planning to visit Ethiopia or have donations you would like to send to Faya Orphanage, please contact VCS board member Nicole Bellefleur at info@vulnerablechildren.ca for more information.

While the children at Faya are safe, unfortunately many of the community families enrolled in Faya Orphanage’s House 2 House program in Adama, Wonji, Ambo and Guder are feeling the effects of runaway inflation on food prices.

Please stay tuned to Vulnerable Children Society’s blog and Facebook page this week to learn more about the actions we are taking right now to assist vulnerable families living in Ethiopian communities.

Read more:  Drought in Ethiopia Takes its Toll on Families

Written by Vulnerable Children board member Chris Ardern