On Saturday April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance.
In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 miillion people (as of May 2012). Without help they won't get enough to eat.
Drought, poor harvets, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: If they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?
Oxfam aims to help more than one million people weather this crisis. We are working with them on irrigation, market gardens, and providing water.
But we need your support to do it. Right now -- like many aid groups -- we are far short of our goal. Some people can only feed their children once a day, and malnutrition rates are climbing.
We need to act now. Please donate if you can.
We're using #Sahel2012 to highlight the urgency of this crisis