Helping Families Overcome The Food Crisis In Niger
The past year has been difficult for the people of Niger as they have had to battle a drought that killed most of their staple crops – millet and sorghum. The UN’s World Food Programme, OXFAM, and other NGOs have stated that this drought, coupled with the extreme poverty found through the Sahel region of Africa, and increased food prices suggests that these families are on the verge of famine. I was in Niger a few months ago and the people I met all mentioned that their crops had not survived the drought and that tough times laid ahead because there will not be enough food in the country to feed everyone.
That’s why Operation Blessing is helping families store up seed in food banks that will be available to the villagers when it is hard to find elsewhere, but we are also teaching them to grow crops during the dry season. It is really helping the families where we are working, but there are many more that need our help as well. We’ve seen the effects of famine in the Horn of Africa this past year and we want to support as many families as we can in order to keep children from suffering. You can be a part of protecting these little ones. To make a donation to help fight famine, visit: http://bit.ly/fight_famine
You’ll be hearing me mention Niger more and more in the coming weeks as I talk about the families that benefit from dry season farming and the food banks.