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How to help: Organizations active in East Africa Add to ...

The famine crisis in the Horn of Africa has prompted Canadians - and Canadian aid organizations - to band together in order to get food and supplies to those who desperately need it. And until Friday September 16, the federal government will match Canadians' donations to registered charities ( click here to read more about the East Africa Drought Relief fund). Ahmed Hussen, national president of the Somali-Canadian Congress, says his group is focused on raising awareness of the drought and is pushing Ottawa to extend the deadline for matching funding. Aid agencies are facing a $1.3-billion funding gap to address the famine, Mr. Hussen says, and each donation is crucial.

Humanitarian Coalition

Relief groups CARE, Plan Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec and Save the Children have formed the Humanitarian Coalition in order to enable Canadians to fund all of the organizations' famine-relief efforts with just one donation. Click here to donate.

Foodgrains Bank

A partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church agencies, Foodgrains Bank has so far committed $8.8-million in assistance to help over 270,000 people in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

“Right now, these people are pushed to the brink," says Jim Cornelius, executive director of Foodgrains Bank. "Assistance is needed to save lives of people with no food, to protect those who are not yet in a desperate situation, and to help their efforts to meet longer their term food needs.” Click here to donate.

Neighbors Initiative

U2's Bono and Canadian-Somali musician K'naan have put the spotlight on this partnership between the American Refugee Committe and the Somali community. They support the initiative's work to deliver humanitarian relief in Somalia. Click here to donate.

World Vision Canada

Canadians sponsor more than 500,000 children globally through World Vision. The organization is also active on relief efforts in East Africa and provides food, clean water, agricultural support, health care, and other assistance to those in need. Click here to donate.

The Red Cross

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long been active in the region. The organization is making an urgent call for donations in order to continue to provide emergency relief to those affected by drought in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda. Click here to donate.

Medecins Sans Frontieres

MSF provides emergency health care and therapeutic foods on the ground in Somalia, and to Kenyan and Ethiopian refugee camps where hundreds of thousands of Somalis have sought help. By early September, the organization's health care professional were treating more than 5,000 people in Somalia. Click here to donate.


UNICEF is actively working on the ground in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia to reach all children in need with life-saving food and medical supplies, education and child protection. The organization is a leading supplier of therapeutic food in the region, critical to the recovery of severely malnourished children. Despite logistical and security challenges in southern Somalia, UNICEF has never ceased its operations and continues its work to meet the needs of all vulnerable children and families. Click here to donate.

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