Our Impact

East Africa Hunger Appeal 2017

$4.5 million raised.

In summer 2017, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis swept across northern Africa and the Middle East: 20 million people, in an area spanning from Nigeria to Yemen, were threatened by starvation.

For the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations joined forces to raise awareness and launch a joint fundraising appeal to the American public—the Hunger Relief Fund—to respond to this unprecedented global hunger crisis.

Through our joint efforts, we worked to support the most vulnerable at risk of famine and malnutrition, including displaced people, refugees and host communities. In particular, we focused on helping infants, pregnant and nursing mothers, people with special needs, schoolchildren and other children up to the age of five years.

Together with governments and existing service providers, we:

  • provided nutrition services in the community and in health centers;
  • helped families to prepare nutritious meals using locally available foods;
  • helped provide safe water sources and proper sanitation; and
  • worked to support women and children who faced increased risks during a time of stress on the community.

In Unity State, South Sudan, Martha, her husband and five children spent a year barely surviving, eating mostly water lilies. Finally overwhelmed by conflict and hunger, they left everything they had and travelled for six days through the bush to reach safety.

When they reached Nyal Town in Panyijar County, Martha’s children were suffering from diarrhea and acute malnutrition. Martha took them to an outpatient center run by International Medical Corps, where they were able to get treatment. Over time, their health improved.

We were able to help Martha’s children —and thousands of other children like them—thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors across America. You can continue to support families like Martha’s today.

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