CRWRF Drought Relief

Although it hasn’t captured the attention of the mainline media, many East and South African countries are experiencing severe drought. When the rains do come, they are either too little too late or too much so that flooding results in destruction of the meagre crops standing. Farming families have experienced drought since summer 2015 with 2 failed crop seasons already and some are entering their 3rd failed crop season. Families in Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia and parts of South Africa as well as in Indonesia are facing less income and higher food costs. It’s important to send aid before family assets are sold in order to lessen the length of impact of this climate change. Food assistance will most likely need to extend until summer 2017.

In South Africa, where CRWRF supports the work of Home Based Care volunteers as they bring essential food parcels to patients living with AIDS, the community vegetable gardens have been bare due to lack of water. This directly affects their budget that is based on their ability to produce a lot of the fresh vegetables needed to help their neighbours. CRWRF has added to their annual budget so that they can afford to supplement those parcels from the market, where obviously, the cost of food has also risen.

When we think of Africa, we think of subsistence farmers but even the economies of these developing nations can become crippled by this drought. In Zambia, hydroelectric energy produced by the Kariba Dam serviced the growth of industry locally but also was exported for profit. Now, due to the drought, this source of economic stability slows to a trickle causing urban unemployment and infrastructure deficits.

CRWRF has also allocated $50,000 from their 2016 budget towards drought relief in Africa through World Renew partners (including CFGB and Food for the Hungry) who have already been responding through community development programs on the ground as they saw the need growing. Join us and the church of Africa as She prays to her Father in heaven who is wise, just, faithful and merciful! “Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens, when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?” Job 38

If you wish, designated donations can be made towards Drought Relief 2016 Donate Now or by mail.

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