Helping in Horn of Africa

Stop Hunger Now is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and Kenya. As I wrote in my last post, we are sending over a million meals into the region over the next 30 days.

But, that’s not enough. We all need to do more. Reprinted below from World Food Programme are 11 easy ways to help save lives.

Stop Hunger Now is proud to work along side the WFP in helping feed the hungry, and we support the great work they do. No organization in the world feeds more of the hungry than the WFP.

As you read the suggestions reprinted below, let them be a springboard for even more ways to help those in such great need. Remember. everything you do will make a real difference.

More than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of food assistance. This is a life or death situation and it calls for all of us to take action.

Here are 11 things absolutely anyone can do to help us save lives:

1. Make an online donation
Over the coming weeks, WFP will feed more people across the Horn of Africa than live in Los Angeles. That’s a big job. Making a secure online donation to WFP USA is one of the best ways you can help to support WFP’s relief efforts. Donate now.

2. Donate by text message
Don’t have a credit card? No problem. You can donate $10 to the Horn of Africa emergency fund by texting ‘AID’ to 27722.

3. Take the quiz
How much do you know about what’s going on in the Horn of Africa? Find out by taking this short quiz. For every person who takes it, a child will receive a warm meal thanks to an anonymous donor. Take the quiz, put your knowledge to the test and then challenge your friends! You can also take the quiz by texting ‘QUIZto 27722. 

4. Stay current
Thousands of people are on the move across Somalia and WFP is rapidly scaling up its operations in the region. Keep track of developments at their crisis page, where you’ll find the latest news and updates plus photos, videos and stories from the field. Go to WFP’s crisis page.

5. Get social
The world needs to know about what’s going on in the Horn of Africa and that starts with your friends on Facebook, your followers on Twitter, your subscribers on YouTube etc. Join our online communities and share the message with your friends and followers: Facebook Twitter Youtube

6. Share this video
It’s less than one minute long and will give you a good idea of the situation in the Horn of Africa and what WFP is doing about it. After you’ve seen it make sure all of your friends see it as well. Watch the video.

7. Speak out 
Historically, the U.S. has led the world in responding to emergency hunger needs when disaster strikes. Most recently, however, the U.S. Congress has proposed cutting those programs by 75 percent compared to three years ago. Speak out and let U.S. decision makers know that you care about global hunger.

8. Grab a banner
Are you a blogger? Go check out WFP’s collection of banners and then put one on your site. Make sure that the people who come to your blog know what it’s for. If you don’t write a blog yourself, send this link around to the bloggers you like to read and tell them what to do. Grab a banner

9. Get these ads published
Contact your local newspaper and ask them to publish one of WFP’s print ads. Make sure they know that you think this is the single most important story in the news right now. See the print ads

10. Be creative
There are hundreds of things ordinary people can do to help our operations in the Horn of Africa. Taking up a collection at school or holding a neighborhood fundraiser are just a few of things are supporters have done to help feed the hungry. If you need some inspiration, find out what 9-year-old Emily did last year to help people left homeless by flooding in Pakistan. Read the story

11. Keep us posted
We want to know what you’re doing to raise money and awareness to help us do our work. You can write to us at outreach@wfpusa.org, get in touch with us on Twitter at @WFPUSA or post a comment on our Facebook page.