Hunger and starvation is the world’s failure to give priority to the well-being of all people. Our response to the extreme hunger faced by people in parts of Africa and the Middle East is an answer to God's call to care for those in need.

People in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen have been severely impacted by prolonged or recurring drought, as well as conflict in some of the affected countries, that have caused extreme hunger and starvation. The UN has declared a famine in South Sudan, calling it the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.

Your donations to the Extreme Hunger Appeal help ACT Alliance (ACT), one of the United Church’s long-term Mission & Service partners, provide a wide range of life-saving assistance to people and communities affected on the ground. ACT is providing much-needed assistance, including food, water, sanitation, hygiene facilities and services, education and psychosocial support, as well as help with maintaining farms and livestock.

ACT Alliance has collected some data to show the scale of the devastation, as well as how ACT is helping people in three countries of the Extreme Hunger Appeal. For more information, read ACT’s response update.

United Church partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is responding to the hunger crises in Somalia and South Sudan in collaboration with local partners. These recent CFGB response efforts were supported by $50,000 from the United Church.

For more information, contact:

Wendy GichuruProgram Coordinator Africa & Middle East Partnership Program416-231-7680 ext. 4038
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4038
wgichuru [at] united-church.ca