Jesse Willms: How You Can Help Starving People In The Horn Of Africa

Posted by Jesse Willms on August 17, 2011

One of the most upsetting things I’ve seen in a long time is the mass starvation facing people in the Horn Of Africa.

Because of an ongoing drought in the region and a civil war in Somalia, more than 13 million people are on the brink of starvation. That should not be! We live in a world where food is plentiful. In fact, most of us waste more food in a day than some of these people will eat in a week.

That’s why I’ve recently donated $1,500 to the World Food Programme to help them feed men, women and children in the region.

What’s astounding is how little it takes to make a difference. It costs the World Food Programme only 50 cents to feed a person in the Horn Of Africa for a day. That’s more than most of us pay for a bag of pretzels from a snack machine when we’re not even that hungry.

Whenever I talk to people about this problem the first question I get is, “What can I do?” It’s not that hard – though I know that many people are not aware of how they can help. That’s why I decided to use this blog post to talk about things you can do.

If you have a credit card, you can simply go to the World Food Programme website and make an online donation.

If you don’t have a credit card, you can use your cell phone to give money.

  • From the US, text the word AID to this number: 27722 to donate $10.
  • From Canada, text the word RELIEF to this number: 45678 to donate $5.
  • From the UK, text the word AID to this number: 70303 to donate £3.
  • From South Africa, text the word FOOD to this number: 38727 to donate R10.

If you don’t have any money to donate – and in this economy I can completely understand that – you can still help build awareness of the crisis and encourage other people to help.

If you have a blog, do a post explaining the extent of the crisis and tell people how they can help.

If you don’t have a blog, you are probably on Facebook, Twitter or another social network. Simply go on there and share a link to the World Food Programme and their description of the crisis. Doing so can help relief efforts go viral.

The more people know about this crisis, the more they will be motivated to help. Even if you don’t have an online presence, you can talk to people you know about the problem and help spread the world.

In 2011 nobody should be facing starvation in the global community. Let’s work together to make sure everyone goes to sleep well fed tonight. It’s the least we can do.