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Latest Stop Hunger Now Ebola Response

Stop Hunger Now continues to provide both emergency meals and medical equipment to the victims of the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa. Here is the latest press release on our recent efforts.Ty

Stop Hunger Now Aid to West Africa Continues

More than 2 mllion meals and other aid shipped for Ebola Crisis Response

(Raleigh, NC, Oct 17, 2014) – Stop Hunger Now continues to provide food and donated aid to partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Stop Hunger Now U.S. and Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa have already shipped 2.2 million meals and more meals will be in route in the next few weeks.

“The situation of the country at this time is nothing short of pitiful,” says  Josaphat, leader of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Monrovia  who are working in the villages of Liberia to  help prevent and defeat Ebola.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest in history and affects Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone in Western Africa. To date, more than 4484 deaths are attributed to suspected cases of the virus. As a result, there are reported incidences of food shortages, starvation and a general increase in food insecurity in the region.

Experts indicate there is a good chance of survival if the Ebola sufferer receives appropriate treatment, especially through blood transfusions, good nutrition; clean beds and mattresses, good personal health and protective material.

In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now shipments have included other critical supplies and donated aid such as medical gloves, face masks and personal protection equipment.

Stop Hunger Now is working with in-country partners Salesian Missions, Reach Now International,  New Harvest Ministries & Final Command Ministries and Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention in Sierra Leone and Liberia to distribute the meals and supplies.

“Stop Hunger Now is acting quickly to provide life-saving food and aid to the families affected by the Ebola outbreak,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we exceeded our initial commitment of one million meals in a matter of weeks. As the extent of the need becomes more clear, we intend to help as long as necessary.”

Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people around the world.  More than 450,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals during popular community-supported Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events.

“We’re grateful for the many volunteers who have packaged meals with Stop Hunger Now. Their support has made this shipment possible. We encourage others to schedule meal packaging events and commit their donations to help us ship meals so that we can continue to provide much needed relief,” says Brooks.

Stop Hunger Now also has a track record of providing meals in response to disasters. After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, Stop Hunger Now shipped 3 million meals and more than $672,800 in donated aid for a response totaling more than $1.5 million towards relief efforts. The organization provided nearly 200,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

 

averting a greater tragedy

Thousands of our family have already died of the Ebola virus. The epidemic continues to spread far more rapidly than medical providers can begin to handle. Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the worst impacted countries in West Africa have been brought to a standstill, with Ebola wrecking their economies as well as the lives of their people. And now cases of Ebola have been recognized both in Europe and also in the United States.

Credible estimates report that this deadly epidemic could claim as high as 50,000 lives before the end of the year.  That is a staggering number. But, as frightening as that figure might be, it is far from the most frightening number.

Those succumbing to the disease are just the beginning of the tragedy. Ebola has already begun to cause hunger in the West African countries hardest hit, and that hunger will grow exponentially in the weeks and months to come.

Farmers are unable to work their field for fear of being infected. The harvest will be late and lean.

Village markets have shut down as people avoid gathering. Basic food stuffs and commodities are becoming more scarce.

The price of food, rice in particular, has begun to rise. And the downward spiral toward widespread hunger begins.

Ebola has already claimed thousands of victims and it will claim thousands more. But hunger, which has already begun, will attack millions throughout the affected region.

The best cure for Ebola has yet to be discovered. But we already know how to stop hunger, and now is the time to begin. By the end of the year we will see another much larger crisis than the actual epidemic. Now is the time to do what we can to prevent widespread hunger and malnutrition through West Africa.

Sierra Leone pastors battling hunger as well as Ebola

Sierra Leone  is at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic epidemic ravaging West Africa.  The epidemic has already killed almost four thousand and has brought the country to a standstill.

Last week I received a call from the Reverend John Yambasu, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. John and I have known each other for over twenty years, and when he calls I listen, not because he is a bishop, but because we are close friends and I know he is a man of great faithfulness.

John called with a plea for help. He needs food for the 200 United Methodist pastors and their families in Sierra Leone Conference. Could Stop Hunger Now help?

The need is both real and immediate. Ebola has caused the collapse of  Sierra Leone’s economy. People cannot work. Huge swaths of the country are under quarantine. That means far fewer people are attending worship services, and those that can attend have no money. Pastors are already starting to do without. They have no resources with which to purchase food.

Stop Hunger Now has already been responding the the Ebola epidemic. We have shipped over two million meals to various partners in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other West African countries. None of it, however, was specifically targeted to reach the United Methodist Church.

Now, UMCOR  (United Committee on Relief) has established two separate accounts for providing the critical aid need on both Sierra Leone and Liberia. Every dollar contributed goes directly to meet the need of those in the impacted areas. Please prayerfully consider helping and helping as generously as you are able. The fund for pastors salaries will enable them to purchase food for their families during this ongoing tragedy.

Here is the link on the UMCOR website:
http://www.umcor.org/umcor/donate/ebolaresponse  There is an Advance # for Sierra Leone and one for Liberia as well., two separate funds.
The link below is the donation page for pastors’ salaries in Sierra Leone
Gandhi wrote that “Action expresses priorities.”  My prayer is that our priorities would clearly demonstrate our love and care for our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Please help. Take action now.

 

 

 

more aid for Ebola victims

The press release copied below tells the story of Stop Hunger Now’s continuing response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.Typhoon

Stop Hunger Now Sends More Aid to West Africa

Food and other aid shipped to Sierra Leone for Ebola Crisis Response

(Raleigh, NC, Sept. 15, 2014) – Stop Hunger Now is shipping a container of meals and and donated medical aid to New Harvest Ministries & Final Command Ministries in Sierra Leone as part of relief operations in response to the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

The container with 285,120 meals and 50 boxes of medical aid supplied by MAP International departed from the Stop Hunger Now warehouse in Atlanta, GA, on September 4, 2014.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest in history and affects Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. To date, more than 1,848 deaths are attributed to suspected cases of the virus. As a result, there are reported incidences of food shortages, starvation and a general increase in food insecurity in the region.

Stop Hunger Now has committed to provide more than one million meals to Liberia and Sierra Leone over the next few weeks. In August, Stop Hunger Now shipped meals and medical equipment to partners in Liberia and  Sierra Leone.

“Stop Hunger Now is acting quickly to provide life-saving food and aid to the families affected by the Ebola outbreak,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “We have committed an initial response of one million meals, and as the extent of the need becomes more clear, we intend to help as long as necessary.”

In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now is organizing the shipment of other critical supplies such as first aid kits, medical gloves, face masks, hazmat kits, personal protection equipment.

Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people around the world.  More than 450,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals during popular community-supported Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events.

“We’re grateful for the many volunteers who have packaged meals with Stop Hunger Now. Their support has made this shipment possible. We encourage others to schedule meal packaging events and commit their donations to help us ship meals so that we can continue to provide much needed relief,” says Brooks.

Stop Hunger Now also has a track record of providing meals in response to disasters. After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, Stop Hunger Now shipped 3 million meals and more than $672,800 in donated aid for a response totaling more than $1.5 million towards relief efforts. The organization provided nearly 200,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

For more information or to make a donation,  visit www.stophungernow.org.