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Horn of Africa Emergency Response

After five consecutive below-average rains, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is expanding and deepening. According to the World Food Program, by the end of December 2022, the drought had left 23 million people severely food insecure across the region. And it has become clear that the currently expected rainy season is already failing.

This is the region’s worst drought in more than four decades.

Children are among the worst affected in disasters. Extreme thirst drives young children to drink any dirty, contaminated water, and they can die quickly from the resulting diarrhea.

Food Supply

The Ukraine war cut the flow of the staple grains and fuel throughout these drought-ravaged countries, escalating the hunger situation.

36 Seconds

A child dies in the Horn of Africa every 36 seconds as a direct result of drought.

5.3 million

In 2022, 12.8 million people across the Horn of Africa were displaced by drought, and 5.3 million were living in areas severely affected by drought.

Food for the Hungry responds urgently to communities suffering in this disaster. We are urgently working on the ground in three of the most severely affected countries in the Horn of Africa: Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Your generous donation helps assure that FH has the resources we need to continue this life-saving response!

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
 
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.