Horn of Africa Disaster


My regularly scheduled content will return next post. I am not letting go of the Horn of Africa disaster just yet.

I understand money is tight. An easy action any reader can do is to sign this petition asking world leaders to provide full funding to the U.N. to help Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya where over 12 million people are at risk of death from starvation and infectious diseases. These leaders fund wars; time to fund some health. (Use a throw-away e-mail address if you don’t feel like revealing your true self.) Go here to sign the petition and read more.



Horn of Africa drought map

A Challenge…

Thoughts of hunger have weighed heavily on my heart for months – not my hunger, but that which afflicts millions who have few or no resources to help themselves. Finally I was knocked into action by a web site with a post titled Your Yoga ain’t $#!& unless… The rest of the opening sentence says “… or your Judaism, your Christianity, your Buddhism, your Suffism, your Islam, your Paganism, your New-Agism, your humanism, your atheism… unless you do something about this. What appears to be the worst human catastrophe in our lifetimes is occurring now and we each have the ability to do something about it.” You can read about the 12 million people suffering from lack of food, clean water, and basic sanitation. The almost 30,000 children under the age of 5 who have died in the last weeks from malnutrition and associated diseases.

My spiritual and humanitarian beliefs are meaningless unless I act on them.

I chose to go donate the amount of dollars equal to the number of pounds that I have lost through UMCOR. 100% of my money goes directly to relief efforts. I have zero affiliation with this organization, but their standing in regard to charitable efficiency is excellent. (Also, I am not a Methodist and barely can identify as Christian because I think even Jesus would be embarrassed by many who co-opt the name these days.)

Do something, anything. Clean out your pantry and donate to you local food bank. Give money through a local organization to fight hunger in your home town. Donate to combat poverty here in America. (Don’t cop out by believing your taxes do this.) Fight the crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Help really hungry people. Suddenly appetite hones to a different perspective; bodily pain becomes a distant hum; I am blessed beyond riches.