Famine Relief Appeal
In June 2017, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) joined other Canadian agencies in launching an interfaith famine relief appeal called “PRAY-GIVE-SPEAK OUT” to assist more than 20 million people in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen who were experiencing severe food shortages and were at risk of starvation. The crisis was caused by prolonged droughts as well as ongoing conflict and political instability.
Today, millions of people in these areas are still facing severe food shortages and insecurity.
CJI continues to address the crisis in 2018 and in particular is focused on the need in SOUTH SUDAN and in northern KENYA, where many people from South Sudan have gone in search of food and security. As of January 2018, 5.3 million people in South Sudan still required food assistance and 2.4 million South Sudanese had fled to neighbouring countries, including Kenya.
CJI is working with two partners on the ground in these areas, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Jesuit Eastern Africa Province. They are providing food and other necessities both to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.
Specific achievements to date include:
- In Jabel Kheri, Wau, a feeding program at Loyola Secondary School assisted more than 500 students with breakfasts and lunches, including about 180 students who live in a nearby IDP camp. In addition, regular food aid together with access to clean water has been given to another 1,000 people in the surrounding community.
- In Rumbek, Akol Jal and Cuiebet, 250 families and 40 students initially benefitted from food distribution and now the focus is on a further 300 families or 1,800 people.
- In Marigat, Baringo, around 3,000 people have received maize, beans, millet and cooking oil. Each distribution lasts about 2 months.
- In Lodwar and Isiolo counties, 120 school children and 500 people in the community have been served.
- In East Pokot, 560 students and 1,500 community members have received basic foodstuff through a distribution network that includes 4 primary schools, 3 nursery schools, a clinic, and 7 mobile outreach points.
Please continue supporting people living with acute food insecurity!
Photos below courtesy of our Jesuit Partners in South Sudan and the Irish Jesuit Missions.