VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
From the frontlines of the famine -- give a gift that matters
November 16, 2011 by Bob Kitchen
|In places like the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, the IRC provides Plumpy’nut, a protein-rich paste that saves lives. Photo: Sven Torfinn/SV|
An appeal from Bob Kitchen, who has worked with the International Rescue Committee in some of the most demanding and dangerous places in the world. As the director of the IRC’s Emergency Response Team he leads our aid efforts whenever crises erupt:
In the wake of war or disaster — and often at a moment’s notice — my team and I travel to global hotspots like Somalia, Haiti, Pakistan and Congo. Most recently, we responded to the dire humanitarian crisis in East Africa — the worst drought and famine in 60 years.
While the magnitude of this emergency is immense, basic necessities like clean water, shelter and nourishment are saving lives.
That is why this holiday season, I urge you to give a gift that matters by shopping for IRC Rescue Gifts like Emergency Food, Clean Water and Temporary Shelters. When you give a Rescue Gift to friends and family, you are supporting the IRC’s lifesaving work around the world.
$100 can rush clean water to 200 people in crisis zones. In places like drought-ravaged Somalia, the IRC is building and fixing wells and pipelines to provide fresh water and prevent the spread of disease.
$68 can give immediate attention to children in a food crisis. In places like Kenya, the IRC provides Plumpy’nut, a protein-rich paste that saves lives.
$54 can provide four families with rope and durable plastic sheeting. In places like Dadaab refugee camp, where thousands of refugees have arrived since July, families need protection from the elements.
During a crisis these items can mean the difference between life and death. I hope you will choose to support the IRC with a Rescue Gift.
On behalf of everyone on my team, thank you for your help in leading the way from harm to home.
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