The United Church is grateful to all those who have supported the Extreme Hunger Appeal. Your generous support has raised $752,900 to help meet the needs of thousands of displaced people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya who are facing extreme hunger as a result of devastating conflict and drought made worse by climate change.

In Somalia, four consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have caused intense drought. In the worst affected areas, a lack of water wiped out crops and killed livestock while communities were forced to sell their assets and borrow food and money to survive. Over 300,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of critical nutrition support.

Thanks in part to your support, United Church partner ACT Alliance has provided 3,000 vulnerable households with immediate access to food through food vouchers and cash transfers. Households whose members still have the strength to do physical work are benefiting from cash for work programs, gaining an income while performing necessary work to mitigate the effects of drought. This includes rehabilitating community water supply systems, repairing water pans, and fixing wells and other water infrastructure.

Your contributions to United Church partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank have also supported food assistance projects in Somalia as well as Kenya, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

As the situation shifts in these regions of Africa and the Middle East, the United Church is closing the Extreme Hunger Appeal as partners and international aid organizations evaluate relief efforts to date and assess next steps. The United Church will continue to support partners in their efforts to build peace and sustainable, resilient communities that can tackle the global challenges of climate change, including periodic droughts.

Although this appeal is ending, needs in these regions remain. The United Church is able to continue to receive your designated gifts to help those facing extreme hunger.

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