Bishops’ Appeal responds to food crisis and appeals for parishes to help

Tuesday July 19th 2011

In response to the persistent drought in east Africa, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal is releasing €20,000 to fund the work of Christian Aid and their local partners.


The Bishops’ Appeal is also urging parishes and individuals throughout Ireland to help with the disaster relief efforts.


According to Christian Aid, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that the situation in east Africa is the worst food security crisis in the world today. Some parts of the east and the Horn of Africa are experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years. Drought in the countries affected, particularly Kenya and Ethiopia, has left 10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.


The funding released by Bishops’ Appeal will primarily be used for the provision of emergency tanks and the distribution of water to villages experiencing the worst of the drought conditions. The funds will also be directed towards families who are not being reached by the World Food Programme.


Christian Aid is distributing food supplies to them with a special focus on malnourished children and pregnant women. The funding will also be used in the construction of extra water points to provide a longer term solution to the lack of water in the targeted villages.


Bishops’ Appeal recognises that in a time of crisis, everyone’s actions, from Parish collections to immediate action at the point of need, are all necessary links in the chain to deliver a successful and powerful response to alleviate the suffering of others.


Parish and individual donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated at this time. Dates for Parish responses can be chosen locally over the coming weeks and proceeds sent to: Bishops’ Appeal, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.



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