HHRD Works to Relieve Hunger, Waterborne Disease in Africa

August 16, 2011

Organization is running program to provide wells, pumps and sanitation facilities

Millions of lives are currently at risk due to the worst drought to hit Somalia, Kenya and the Horn of Africa in 60 years.

According to Azmat Akbar, a Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) field representative near the border of Somalia in Garissa, Kenya, the villages he visited lack water and waterborne diseases are rampant. According to the HHRD team, the price of food has risen 200% and clean drinking water is out of reach for many.

HHRD has distributed 400 food packages to 400 families. Each package is enough for five to six people per family and will last for 15 days.

HHRD has been working in Africa not only for emergency relief but also building long-term capacity through health programs, In-Kind Donation projects, an orphan sponsorship program in Somalia and Kenya, and the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) program, which includes the construction of hand pumps, bore holes, water pumps, sanitation facilities and shallow wells, with some new well drilling techniques and innovations in rainwater storage to prevent the recurrence of famine in the future.

HHRD has established water projects in Wajir, the largest province in Kenya, and four water wells in Makaror, Godade, Barwaqo and Halane each.

The Dadaab Refugee Camp, now the world's largest with a capacity of 200,000, is housing 380,000 starving and thirsty refugees. HHRD's emergency plan includes shelter (tents), water, food, clothing, medical supplies and an In-Kind Donation campaign.

HHRD is collecting packaged food items, mosquito nets, medicines, personal hygiene kits and small tents. There are eight collection points across the U.S.

Source:

PR Newswire

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