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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28, 2011 – A Glimmer of Hope today announced the launch of an Emergency Relief Campaign for Ethiopia to help reduce human suffering in the areas affected by the drought crisis. More than 10 million people in East Africa, specifically Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, are now suffering from the worst drought in 60 years. Glimmer initiated the campaign with a donation of $100,000 and has secured an initial $50,000 matching grant. 100% of all donations given to the emergency relief fund will help some of the 3.2 million Ethiopians, and Somalia people seeking emergency aid in Ethiopia, facing hunger, and seeking food, water and medical care.
“When people, particularly children, are collapsing and dying because there is no food and water, you cannot just turn the page, and turn a blind eye. It is not ok to remove it from your conscience,” said Philip Berber, Co-Chairman of Glimmer. “This is a harsh reality that is not going away overnight.“
Having impacted the lives of more than 2 million Ethiopians over the past ten years, Glimmer will identify, evaluate and partner with international NGOs and relief agencies – specifically those who have a long-standing presence in Ethiopia and a proven track record of delivering emergency relief, including food, water, medical and shelter.
100% of all donations given to the Emergency Relief Campaign for Ethiopia will go directly to these emergency relief partners. Glimmer will also continue to raise awareness and provide detailed updates from the field as it receives them.
Over the last 10 years, A Glimmer of Hope has been helping lifts women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia. Using an entrepreneurial model it provides clean water, schools, health clinics and micro-finance loans, one village at a time. Glimmer’s endowment covers all its operating expenses so that 100% of the donor’s dollar goes to the implementing partners. Glimmer has completed more than 5000 projects and improved over two million lives. www.aglimmerofhope.org
Things are changing daily; keep up with these efforts by checking out our new blog covering our efforts and the crisis in East Africa.