Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Help Ending Hunger in Horn of Africa

I am writing this blog to let you know about a great opportunity to help the people affected by hunger in Africa. As you might know, the most severe drought in decades is still threatening the lives of more than 12 million people — especially young children — in the Horn of Africa. Severe famine has ravaged parts of southern Somalia, and threatens to spread further if nothing is done to prevent it. Kenya and Ethiopia are also severely affected by the crisis, with millions in critical need of food and water. The situation in Somalia is compounded by the high level of violence and civil unrest- with women and children often bearing the brunt of the violence. East Kenya is now home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis who have managed to flee the violence and drought conditions.

Amurt - a non-profit organization - has been helping local people to provide food security for their families through agricultural cooperatives centered around crops that can survive in the drought stricken areas along with food distribution and medical support. They are now starting a project to build a spirulina farm. Spirulina is sustainable and can be grown in Kenya and will not need the time and expenses of importation.  It can also boost the local economy and best of all it is an amazing quick efficient fix for malnourished kids containing over 60% protein that is easily digestable. Their project is to set up a model and support it for a year till they get self sufficient.  They will feed between 50 and 100 malnourished children and take heights, weight and arm circumference to show the effects of the Spirulina.  Then they will start training others.
Donations can be made through the website www.AMURTEL.ORG which is located in Vermont.