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Horn of Africa Drought Relief

posted Aug 21, 2011, 2:03 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 6:01 PM ]
August 2011. Update from ELCA Disaster Response

Two years of sporadic rain—and the driest year since 1951—have devastated the Horn of Africa. Crops have failed and drinking water is scarce, putting the lives of over 12 million people at risk. As a result, more than 3,000 refugees are flooding into refugee camps each day seeking food and water. 

As a church that is called to do God’s work in the world, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is already helping to provide enriched porridge for small children and safe water to all of the 500,000 people living in these camps. 

Thanks to the generosity of ELCA members, ELCA World Hunger has helped protect African families living in drought for over a decade. Each year, over a million dollars of aid has brought relief to people in drought-vulnerable areas of Africa. And thanks to special gifts of members to ELCA Disaster Response, an additional $1.25 million has been committed to help those impacted by this crisis. Your gifts now to ELCA World Hunger support long-term sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. 

Your additional gifts to ELCA Disaster Response, designated for “Drought Relief,” will be used in full—100 percent—in response to this disaster. Thank you for your generous offerings of prayer and financial support.