Help Families Fleeing Famine in Somalia

Imagine having to sacrifice the life of one of your children to save another. 

That is what Amina had to do. She’s one of many mothers fleeing famine-stricken Somalia who have faced this horror. Families like Amina’s arrive in the refugee camps of Kenya malnourished and sick. And many are deeply traumatized by the grief of having buried their children along the way. 

Even once they reach the camps in Kenya, their other emaciated children are still at risk of dying of dehydration and malnutrition. 

Your donation today can save these children’s lives. 

Recently, the United Nations declared a famine in Somalia, citing it as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

MADRE is partnering with the grassroots organization Womankind Kenya. Together we are working hard to respond. You can give them the resources they need to save the lives of malnourished families fleeing the famine in Somalia. For example, $100 can feed a family of six for two weeks. With your help, our partners will deliver aid like:

  • therapeutic, calorie-dense food
  • emergency water supplies
  • health kits with medicines to fight diarrhea and infections
  • oral rehydration salts
  • training to help mothers recognize the signs of malnutrition

The more generous you can be, the more lives we can save. Click here to donate.

Your Support in Action

September 7, 2011

Emergency Aid for Families in Famine-Hit Communities

In Garissa, Womankind Kenya has distributed food aid to four local villages: Kamoor, Noor, Diiso and Jarirood. As a result, 2,700 families have received life-saving supplies of maize, beans and cooking oil.

August 17, 2011

MADRE Meets With Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of Womankind Kenya (Video)

Womankind Kenya is a grassroots women's organization that has been working tirelessly to bring urgent aid to Somali refugees fleeing the famine in Somalia. Here, Hubbie talks about the various challenges women and their families face as they flee the crisis, and the urgent aid they need.

August 15, 2011

Water and Food Still Urgently Needed; Executive Director Yifat Susskind Shares an Update from Kenya

People coming across the border from Somalia are running for their lives from famine—but even once they make it to Kenya, they are still vulnerable. The children, who are the hardest hit, are often too weak to even lift up their heads. People are on the edge and barely hanging on. 

August 4, 2011

MADRE Supporters Bring Aid to Famine Survivors

Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji, of our partner organization Womankind Kenya, told us that many of these families are being turned away from overcrowded refugee camps in Northeastern Kenya. 

July 29, 2011

Grassroots Women Mobilizing Support for Survivors of Famine

We just received an update from Hubbie Huseein Al-Haji of our partner organization, and she sent pictures of the severe drought conditions that the communities they work with are facing. 

July 25, 2011

Help Survivors of the Famine in Somalia

“The situation is so bad that children, lactating mothers and pregnant women are dying in great numbers due to lack of basic needs, including health services.”