Sahel Emergency Food Appeal
Thank you for helping people in need in the Sahel!
Click here to go to our secure online donation page to make your donation.
After a failed harvest in 2011 throughout much of West Africa's Sahel region, 18 million people were at risk of hunger.
The Foodgrains Bank responded to this crisis through its member
agencies and their partners.
Together, $10 million was committed to
projects in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. These projects reached
over 288,000 people in need.
Our assistance in the Sahel was provided through Foodgrains
Bank members Christian and Missionary Alliance, ADRA Canada, Christian
Reformed World Relief Committee, Canadian Catholic Organization for
Development and Peace, Mennonite Central Committee and World Relief
Canada. Presbyterian World Service and Development and The United Church
of Canada are also providing funding for these projects.
These responses have been made possible with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Donations made through the Foodgrains Bank for the Sahel between August 7
and September 30 were matched by the Canadian International
Development Agency through its Sahel Crisis Matching Fund. To learn more
about how this match works, click here
Click here for a short video about the Sahel.
Click here for a one-page fact sheet about the food crisis in the Sahel.
Click here to see images from Niger.
Click here for a Sahel Emergency Food Appeal poster
to print and post in your church or community (8.5 x 14 or legal size).
Click here for a map that shows where people are food insecure.
A Note from Jim Cornelius, Executive Director
When I visited the Sahel region in May, I saw that grain bins were already empty—people had used up the little they were able to grow. Until the next harvest in fall, they will need help to survive.
For this response, we need your help. I invite you to help people like
Yapoa Lale, a mother of four in the village of Tamfahou, Niger. When I
visited Yapoa, I asked her how much food she had. “The storage is
finished, there is nothing left,” she said.
I asked how the lack of food was affecting her. “Hunger is the biggest sickness you can have,” she told me, pointing at her body. “My body is not supposed to look like this.”
When I asked how her children were doing, she lifted up her shirt to show her small breasts that her baby daughter, Martine, was trying to nurse from. “She sucks, but there is no milk,” she said.
Another villager, David Dale, explained that the rains started very late, then stopped before the millet was ready to give grain. “Many animals have already died,” he said. “If the situation persists, we are going to die.”
Fortunately, people like Yapoa and David are receiving help through the Foodgrains Bank. Many more are living close to the margin; your gift this summer will help keep them from falling over the edge.
Thanks for considering this opportunity to help people in the Sahel! After my visit to the region, I have little doubt that our response is essential. Many of the people I met faced drought only two years earlier, and now have to deal with this crisis. Talking to them, I saw the effects of deep and grinding poverty, and the impoverishing effect of repeated shocks. The food we are providing will not only help meet their immediate food needs, but also helps stop them from sliding into deeper impoverishment in the future. Click here to go to our secure online donation page to make your donation.
Thanks again for your ongoing support.
- Jim Cornelius, Executive Director
Image above: Jim talks with Marianna and her daughter, Anabus (aged two), in the Madaoua region of Niger. Anabus has struggled with with malnutrition.
News from the Sahel:
The Sahel needs Canada's Help, Globe and Mail. September 30, 2012
Fundraising for a crisis that doesn’t ‘look' bad, Embassy Magazine, September 29, 2012
Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Speaks on Sahel Food Crisis, September 28, 2012
Grain Growers of Canada Encourages Farmers to Donate to Sahel Appeal, September 18, 2012
Green Hunger: People Still in Crisis in the Sahel, September 13, 2012
Foodgrains Bank Executive Director to Accompany Minister of International Cooperation to the Sahel, September 10, 2012
Food Distribution Helps Malian Woman Reclaim Dignity, August 21, 2012
New Project in Sahel Brings Foodgrains Bank’s Response to $10 Million, August 10, 2012
Canadian Government to Match Donations to the Sahel, August 8, 2012
Jim Cornelius Talks about Sahel on CBC Radio, Manitoba, July 17, 2012
Free Press Reporter Shares about Niger Trip, July 16,2012
Canadian Foodgrains Bank Appeals for Donations for the Sahel, July 12, 2012
Over 10,000 Tonnes of Food Ready to be Distributed in Sahel, June 20, 2012
Ramatou's Song, June 19, 2012
Communities Work Together to Assist the Most Vulnerable, June 6, 2012
Development and Peace, Foodgrains Bank Commit $5 Million of Food Aid for West Africa, May 30, 2012
Food is Fuel for Learning, May 17, 2012
Thinking of Niger’s Mothers on Mother’s Day, May 15, 2012
Food Getting to People in Need in Niger, May 9, 2012
Food Distribution Saving Lives in Niger, May 8, 2012
The Biggest Sickness: Hunger in Niger, May 6, 2012
Three New Projects Committed to Sahel Food Crisis, May 2, 2012
New Photos: Food Distributed in North Eastern Kenya, February 16, 2012
Sahel Area of Africa Threatened by Looming Food Crisis, February 15, 2012
See where people do not have access to the food they need in West Africa's Sahel region.
See how the Foodgrains Bank is responding to hunger in West Africa's Sahel region.