Thursday April 27, 2017

DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal tops £40 million

More than 16 million people are on the brink of starvation and children are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

People are in critical need of food, water and medical treatment, with women and children suffering the most.

Islamic Relief is already on the ground in East Africa, delivering life-saving assistance such as food, treatment for malnutrition and clean drinking water to millions of vulnerable people.

But we need your support to continue providing urgent life-saving aid to families and whole communities.

Since the appeal was opened two weeks ago by British figures –  including Bill Nighy, Sir Mo Farrah, Eddie Redmayne and Brenda Blethyn – a steady stream of donations has been flowing in from the public at a rate of over £2,000 per minute.

Donations have been received from The Queen and Prince Charles as well as companies, and faith groups. Across the UK, the general public have been busking, holding bake sales, running marathons, shaking collection buckets and raising awareness for the 16 million people across East Africa who are on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.

Employers have been matching employee donations, trusts and foundations have rallied to the call and children as young as four-year-old Henry, have even been donating their pocket money.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: “It’s been so inspiring to see how the British Public has responded to this desperate need and to hear the passion and creativity they have put into fundraising. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support.

“Our 13 member charities are already on the ground delivering vital life-saving assistance to some of the worst affected people. We are now getting reports of how food aid is getting through. For example, in Kenya, children like Cecilia and 300 families are receiving food at the Kambi Ya Juu food distribution centre.

“All the money raised by the DEC appeal will provide millions of people in desperate need with vital food, water and medical treatment. Every donation makes a huge difference, so if you haven’t had a chance to support please don’t delay, donate today.”

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