Nov 142011
 

Help Us Help the Vulnerable People of Horn of Africa

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Following the worst drought in 60 years, the situation in the Horn of Africa is rapidly deteriorating: families across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and some parts of Sudan are struggling to find anything to eat or drink and are in need of emergency healthcare. Over 13 million are suffering from desperate food shortages. Right now, the drought is spreading to Tanzania.

The international community has officially declared famine in parts of Somalia where over 30% of children are acutely malnourished and two deaths, per day, per 10,000 people occur due to these food shortages. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country due to the drought and conflict,  thousands of livestock have already died, and food prices have rocketed. The situation is catastrophic.

HCI has been on the ground delivering vital aid and assistance for many years. Countless lives have been saved through our projects in the affected areas of Somalia. We must intervene now to avert a full-scale disaster and save the lives of thousands of  vulnerable victims.

HCI has started working in the area, and has been successfully delivering aid to Somali Famine victim in Mogadishu, Afgoye and Shabeelle. At the Feeding Center we are sponsoring, 900 individuals per day are receiving HCI’s help. A total of 27,000 people displaced by drought and famine are being helped every month. In Mogadishu we are distributing monthly food packages. Households receive parcels of culturally specific foods worth $150.

HCI’s immediate relief packages include: cooked food through food kitchens and dry food hampers. Food products include items that are familiar to beneficiaries and that they frequently use such as: tomatoes, pasta, tuna, flour, sugar, rice, and vegetable oil.

In the past year and a half alone, our aid to Somalia has been over one million dollars. Our projects include child sponsorship, orphanage, food assistance, water wells, water tankers, ambulance, other health services including massive medical aid packages and educational projects, as well as Recreation Centre for youth.

HCI has over 20 years of emergency relief experience in Africa: we have been implementing relief and development programs in the region together with our strong network of local partners for decades. Our presence and work in the region there has given us a solid base from which to start from, our teams on ground are delivering essential food and water supplies to the neediest of the needy. However, much more needs to be done, and there are very few funds available for us to expand our programs or to launch new ones. That is why we are making this special appeal for help.

Please donate generously and help HCI help the ordinary people of the Horn of Africa rebuild their lives. PLEASE CONTACT US NOW IF YOU WANT TO DONATE. You can also donate online at HCI Canada website by clicking here.

HCI follows a strict monitoring and evaluation system, which involves more than one long-term partner organization. Some of these partners provide supervision from within; others offer logistical support while others are responsible for designing and assisting in the implementation of HCI’s projects. Thus, transparency and accountability are ensured through a complex multi-level monitoring and supervision system. HCI only choose partners that have been thoroughly scrutinized, monitored, evaluated and verified in meeting our strict criteria. We value the support of our donors and every effort is made to make sure that every penny you donate goes to those who need it the most.

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Feb 022011
 

From Survival to Long Term Sustainability

The number of orphans and children from single mother-headed households in the Arab world has risen dramatically over the past few years due to war, natural disasters, and other crises. Poverty and economic hardship also have added to children born out of wedlock who are considered orphans.

For the past decade, HCI has been addressing this problem by sponsoring orphans in the poorest communities in Palestine, Sudan, Lebanon and Egypt as part of HCI’s regional Child Sponsorship Program. There now are hundreds of orphans from Khartoum’s, Tripoli’s, Jerusalem’s, Darfur’s and Gaza’s poorest communities having their basic needs met through HCI –health care, nutrition, education, guidance–getting a shot at a brighter future.

HCI’s Child Sponsorship Program is designed to assist orphans and their families in both the short and long term. The sponsorship is given to the orphan and their family to help towards living costs. Moreover, by enabling a child to receive a sound level of education you empower them to build for themselves a brighter future and to provide for their family too.

Assisting the poor and needy is part of a long and sacred tradition in the Muslim World. HCI is pleased to be part of that tradition and to be able to work with local organizations to assure that contributions made reach those most in need. All orphans sponsored by the scheme are individually selected by HCI in partnership with grassroots partners. A child’s age, family size, family income and living conditions are looked at to assess need. Once sponsorship has begun HCI continues to maintain regular contact with the child to ensure wellbeing and that the child continues to progress through school. In Sudan for example, for about a dollar a day, you can help support a child in our Child Sponsorship Program.

Upon sponsorship, sponsors are sent an information pack with details of the orphan(s) they are sponsoring, such as their age, circumstance, schooling, information about their community and a local address for correspondence. In addition, HCI will continue to provide you with annual feedback updates on the child’s wellbeing and school reports.

Sponsorship continues until an orphan reaches the age of 16. As sponsored orphan approaches this age we give the sponsor the option either of continuing sponsorship under the HCI Higher Education Sponsorship Program or changing sponsorship to support a younger child.

HCI ensure that each orphan receives correspondences from the sponsor and it is translated if necessary. Sponsors can also correspond directly with the sponsored child.

Sponsorship costs between $60 and $30 per month for orphans in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt and Sudan. This contributes to school fees, clothing and footwear for the orphan, and money for the orphan’s family. Please contact us if you are interested to sponsor a child.

LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY

Entrepreneurship development, schooling support, higher education support, vocational training, psychosocial support programs, health services and several other programs have been developed by HCI to reduce immediate needs of orphans and to create greater opportunities for their future progress.

Their single mothers have also been supported through health services, food and non-food item distributions, awareness campaigns, access to finance, and the development of income generating activities to improve the economic health of the entire family to help them make the leap from survival to long term sustainability.

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