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5 Organizations to Support During South Sudan’s Famine

In February the United Nations officially declared a famine in South Sudan. What is most disheartening about this most recent famine in the world’s youngest country is it’s largely man-made. Constant infighting among South Sudanese opposition forces and the government makes growing crops nearly impossible. And, the instability in the country continues to drive up food costs. 100,000 people are directly suffering from famine, and another 4.9 million are living in extremely food insecure situations according to the United Nations. One million children in South Sudan are malnourished.

In April, Congress unanimously called upon the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID)  in partnership with the World Food Program to continue food aid to the millions affected by the famine. Congress, however, did not appropriate new relief funding to the region keeping in step with the Trump administration’s continued cuts in foreign aid.

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said last week that if nothing is done, 20 million people could starve to death within the next six months in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria combined.

“Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” said the UN FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.

While the problem is monumental there has been a budget put aside for famine relief by the international aid community. Governments will also have to do their part to help stabilize the region including the United States, even though the task of some in Congress to attach new funding to the cause seems well-intentioned, but probably a pipe dream for now.  There are organizations that you can support with your own donations to support famine relief.

There are organizations that you can support with your own donations. Here are five I recommend because I have seen their work in the field and have always remained impressed by their infrastructure and aid relief. Links go directly to donation pages.

  1. Save the Children
  2. Oxfam America
  3. World Vision USA
  4. World Food Program
  5. UNICEF USA

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How the United States Can Feed More People By Reforming Food Aid

Hunger is a perpetual global crisis that affects 805 million people every day. Some continents have hunger rates as high as 21 percent of its population. In fact, Africa and Asia have the highest hunger rates in the world. 791 million hungry people live in developing countries. [1]

The United States has long been a food provider for the world, but the way in which food aid is chosen and delivered to poor countries around the world is outdated. In fact, the system is bloated with nugatory, bureaucratic red tape and payments that go to middlemen instead of buying the food and transporting it that is desperately needed.

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Food Aid Reform has been an area of contention for quite some time in Washington. Some of our leaders want to keep the status quo intact while others are loath to waste another year through archaic feeding programs that can easily be shifted  and reshaped to feed more people.

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Our 12 Biggest Highlights of 2014

2014 was a very good year! We partnered with leading NGOs and nonprofits to advance causes that mean the difference between life and death and quality living for the world’s poorest citizens. We traveled around the world to report on water and sanitation, newborns, maternal health, disaster relief, and health workers. We traveled domestically to report on some of our partners’ milestone seminars, conferences, and panels. But most importantly, we kept the momentum going to work collectively as mothers who use social media for good.

We very much look forward to 2015 and what it has in store. Here are our twelve highlight moments of 2014 – in no particular order.

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4 Easy, But Impactful Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is today which means a lot of of chats, discussions, events (both online and offline) will be going on simultaneously around the world in honor of women.

International Women’s Day celebrations have already taken place and many more will certainly ring on throughout next week to honor women and girls around the world and call for more ways to empower and uplift them. In large part International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the giant strides women have accomplished even while realizing there is still a long way to go towards gender equality. Now that International Women’s Day is directly upon us you might wonder what you can do to celebrate simply, yet make an impact. Here are some ideas.

  1. Honor a Woman Making a Difference: Oxfam America is accepting 200 – 300 word essays about women in your life who are making a difference. By sharing your personal story about a phenomenal woman who is lighting the way for others you will bring attention to the ways in which women are changing the world for the better. Share your story and read others at www.oxfamamerica.org/IWD.
  2. Share Catapult’s “Cover Story” Campaign: We read and see glossies every day and that’s what has made Catapult’s Cover Story campaign that more powerful. Using the airbrushed aesthetics of a traditional magazine to tell the raw stories about child brides, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation of girls, Catapult’s Women’s Day campaign has effectively made people sit up and take notice about issues that often fail to move the mainstream. Buzzfeed called the campaign “jarring” and Design Taxi called it “visually arresting.” This International Women’s Day, you can share the campaign from Catapult’s Cover Story microsite and help open a few eyes about these worldwide issues that affect women and girls. www.catapult.org/coverstories.
  3. Shine a Light on Women’s Success Stories: So often we talk about how far women and girls still have to go to gain an equal footing with men and boys that we forget to stop and celebrate success stories. Thankfully Pathfinder has taken the time to highlight success stories of women who live in middle and low-income countries. In their “Women Who Dare” campaign Pathfinder has shared success stories like Dorothy’s, a woman who lives in rural Ugandan and has five children yet she is only 22.  She now uses family planning and couldn’t be happier. Read all of the stories at www.pathfinder.org/stories/index.html. And while you’re there be sure to take Pathfindder’s pledge to stand up for women and girls.
  4. Watch a Film in Honor of Women: For the entire month of March you can take part in the #SheDocs film festival where 12 extraordinary films about women and their accomplishments can be streamed online for free. Watch and share these documentaries widely. Check out all 12 documentaries at http://itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead/shedocs including the first documentary: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.

As lofty as this may sound the future of women and girls rests on our ability to continue talking about and educating others about gender-based inequality. Happy International Women’s Day.

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