Humanitarian aid for one million children

Six months after the Giro555 ‘Help famine victims’ campaign, over 64% of the more than € 35 million has been spent. The remainder will be spent on emergency aid within a year from the campaign. Most of the money went to the 20 million people in need of aid in South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Part of the proceeds is used for aid to neighbouring countries. Terre des Hommes, for example, ensured access for 4145 people to a water pump in Kenya. Today a report will be published outlining the results of the relief efforts over the first six months and the challenges that are being faced.

Humanitarian aid

Food and water

Early March, Giro555 announced the national ‘Help famine victims’ campaign. Thanks to efforts made by the aid organisations affiliated with Giro555, over one million people were rescued from the worst situation. 210,000 people received food aid in the form of food packages or food vouchers, 283,000 children were screened for malnutrition, and 76,000 malnourished children received supplementary feeding in the form of nutritious peanut paste, to regain strength. In addition to the distribution of millions of litres of water, the construction or restoration of 121 water resources ensured that another 168,000 people were given access to clean drinking water.

Preventing diseases and investing in livelihood

184,000 people received hygiene education and were taught how to prevent diseases, and they were often given water purification tablets and other hygiene items such as soap. To enable people to support themselves again, 72,000 people received drought-resistant seeds, as well as fishing and agricultural tools. In order to preserve the cattle, an important means of subsistence, the animals received emergency feeds and 390,000 livestock units were vaccinated. Vulnerable families received a financial allowance or money for work enabling them to buy food and medicines. In this way, Terre des Hommes tries to prevent children from being sexually exploited in Kenya.

Challenges

“I am extremely proud and grateful for the Dutch people’s generosity. It helped doing a lot of good work, for example by providing many people in the refugee camps and affected areas with food, water and sanitary facilities, health care and livelihood support, including cash vouchers,” says Farah Karimi, chairwoman of Giro555. “We are facing considerable challenges. The area is large and some regions are difficult to reach, because of the bad roads for example.”

“Violence and conflicts also hamper relief efforts, just as heavy rainfall and drought, depending on the area. As the economy has collapsed, markets function badly and prices increase. There is also a lack of qualified personnel, government institutions do not function properly and large groups of people start to drift. Increasingly often we see that these states violate international humanitarian rights, by for example blocking access for assistance to victims.” Despite all these challenges, the organisations make every effort to provide emergency aid to people in the affected areas.

Cholera

In part of the affected areas a new disaster is unfolding. As the sanitary facilities are extremely poor and there is not enough clean drinking water, various areas experienced a cholera outbreak this summer. Together with aid organisations from other countries significant efforts are made to control the epidemics. Yemen experiences the largest cholera epidemic ever reported. Aid organisations handed out hygiene kits and provided hygiene education. They also install new water resources and clean existing ones. The aid organizations behind Giro555 have also supported these efforts in the last few months.

Situation remains critical 

In the event of exceptional disasters, the 11 Cooperating Aid Organisations join forces under the name of Giro555. They ask the Dutch people nationwide to join by raising money to support victims, as together we save more lives.

About Giro555

The following are the aid organisations behind Giro555: Terre des Hommes, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid Mensen in Nood (People in Need), ICCO & Kerk in Actie (Church in Action), Plan Netherlands, Dutch Red Cross, Oxfam Novib, Save the Children, Stichting Vluchteling (Refugee Foundation), UNICEF Netherlands and World Vision.

 

 

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