3 Ways To Help The Famine In South Sudan, Somalia & Yemen
Our Humanitarian Aid partner International Rescue Committee reports that a major famine has struck the South Sudan, and threatens Somalia and Yemen as we speak. Millions of people are at risk of starvation and dehydration. The United Nations calls it the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.
Feel overwhelmed? You can help provide much-needed food and water. We found action-focused efforts that will also inspire you. Here are three ways to get your started and do your part to help:
1. Enlist in the Love Army For Somalia. Internet celeb Jéröme Jarre was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia about the famine, and he was ON IT. Jarre reached out to Turkish Airlines, the only airline that flies to Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia), and got people tweeting #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. Ben Stiller and Colin Kaepernick soon got on board, and a movement called “Love Army For Somalia” was born. The result? Turkish Airlines agreed to fly 60 tons of food to Somalia and food containers until the famine subsides. The campaign hasn’t reached their goal yet, so join today!
2. Copy the IRC card-making fundraiser for refugees. We fully support stealing other people’s ideas in the name of altruism. Instead of making cards for famine relief, gather your community together for a bake-sale or another creative activity to raise money for the IRC’s famine relief. (Convince any skeptics by noting that over 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to help refugees and others in desperate need.) Find another great idea to steal here.
3. Simply donate or spread the word. Mercy Corps is another partner on the ground in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. (Ahem, skeptics: 87% of their resources go to people in need.) Donate to Mercy Corps here.
Sharing information from the causes who are on the ground in the famine-stricken places is the best way to spread awareness — and inspire your social networks to support too. So get sharing, and remember you can find and show off your good deeds on the ThatHelps app!