A serious food crisis has developed in the Sahel region of West Africa that puts an estimated 18.7 million people at risk for hunger. In Mali, internal conflict has caused the displacement of 470,000 people, many of whom are women and children. Displaced people have fled to the capital and areas south, putting a strain on communities already struggling to cope with the on-going food crisis.
What caused this crisis?
This is the third major food crisis the West African Sahel has experienced in the past decade. The reasons are complex, but some contributing factors are:
How is LWR responding?
LWR is responding to this multi-layered crisis through several key partnerships. In Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, we are carrying out a coordinated response funded by a generous $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an additional $888,716 from other sources. The goals of this response are to:
We plan to achieve these goals by:
We are also working to help people affected by the conflict in Mali. In partnership with the ACT Alliance, LWR is responding to the needs of displaced families in Mali to distribute insecticide-treated nets to protect against malaria infection as well as other critically needed items. And thanks to a $387,849 grant from the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, LWR is working with local partner, the Lutheran World Federation – Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) to reach out to Malian families living in the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania to:
LWR and LWF/DWS are also distributing LWR Quilts, School Kits, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, Fabric Kits and soap to people in Mauritania. We have already distributed LWR Quilts and Kits to families in need in Mali and Burkina Faso.
You Can Help
There are many ways to help the people of West Africa with LWR.
Have questions? We’d love to answer them at 800.597.5972. Thank you for supporting Lutheran World Relief. God bless you!
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