CBM’s South Sudanese partner is overwhelmed by the needs in their country.
MAY 2017 UPDATE: Canadian federal government to match individual charitable donations towards famine relief
With 20 million at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria and surrounding areas, the federal government has created a famine relief fund in order to match charitable donations made to registered charities (like CBM). The fund is retroactive to March 17, and runs until June 30.
When a donation is made to CBM’s Spring Appeal 2017, the Government of Canada will match that amount on a 1:1 basis. The match will be placed into the famine relief fund, and after June 30, the government will choose which organizations will receive those funds.
Two ways you can help:
1. Pray for peace between the government and opposition armies. There has been a promise of safe access for humanitarian workers. Pray that this will hold so that food can reach into all regions of the country. Pray also for church leaders and relief workers.
2. Make a generous financial gift to our South Sudan crisis response. We have promised to raise another $60,000 in order to continue the food relief program in South Sudan. We would like to be able to do more.
There are few safe places
Conflict consumes virtually all of South Sudan. The capital city of Juba is very dangerous. Food warehouses have been looted. People have been forced from their homes. The countryside is also wracked by violence. Over 1.5 million people have fled to other countries. Millions more are displaced within South Sudan.
Changing climate conditions make farming difficult in the best of circumstances. Since 2013 villages have been burned. Cattle killed. Crops destroyed or looted. Farmers have abandoned their land. The inflation rate in South Sudan last year was 800%. Most people cannot afford to buy food. The specter of death hangs over the country. Tens of thousands of people have died. The numbers grow each month.
CBM Can Only Respond With Your Help
At CBM, we have a small annual fund that enables us to respond to unplanned global crises quickly and efficiently. It exists because generous donors recognize the importance of being able to help in times of emergency. Over the past three years, we have nearly depleted this fund by providing over $400,000 in relief aid to desperate and hungry people in South Sudan. Help us provide the funds our partners need in order to provide vital assistance today. People’s lives depend on it.