We are curating issues and causes that are important to our game-changing Growfund community. Today we shine a spotlight on The Hunger Relief Fund, an initiative of The Global Emergency Response Coalition (GERC), a collaborative of eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations.
The Hunger Relief Fund: GERC
In Yemen, a child under five dies every 10 minutes because of the lack of food and basic resources. In South Sudan, families have been forced to flee their homes and are surviving on water lilies alone while hiding in swamps. In Somalia, teenagers walk for hours just to get enough water to last their families one day. In Nigeria, there have been reports of people eating sand to ward off starvation. Families are dying not only from hunger, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation.
For the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to urge the American public to donate to the new Hunger Relief Fund in response to looming famines and persistent hunger threatening millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring countries. More than 20 million people face starvation in the coming months and, without immediate help, 1.4 million severely malnourished children could die.
Together, we can reach millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with urgent assistance such as food, water, shelter, education and medical care, as well as resources to build resilience to future food crises.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is comprised of:
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Save the Children
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