The first of the six works of mercy named in the gospel for Christ the King (November 20, 2011) is feed the hungry. The countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, are experiencing their worst drought in 60 years. Deaths in southern Somalia have reached famine level. According to Caritas International, the lack of water has left at least 10 million people in need of aid. Pope Benedict XVI has asked for prayer and monetary donations to assist these people.
Why do famines keep happening?
What can you do?
- Members of our Good Ground Press staff have participated at Feed My Starving Children in special packaging drives for the famine victims in the Horn of Africa. To learn more about this organization, visit www.fmsc.org.
- Read about our interview with David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, and visit bread.org.
- Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops/international relief and development agency, is accepting donations by phone at (800) 736-3467; online at www.crs.org; or by mail at Archdiocese of Chicago/CRS, 6525 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653-1402. Put East Africa in the memo line. Learn more about the famine on the CRS website.
- Caritas International is is accepting donations at www.caritas.org.
- Jesuit Refugee Services is accepting donations by phone at (202)629-5948; online at www.jrusa.org; or by mail to JRS, 1016 16th St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.
- The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States is accepting contributions to: Pontifical Mission Societies, East Africa Program, 70 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018 or at www.onefamilyinmission.org.
If you support any other hunger-related charities, please list them in the comments!