On March 28th, our Columbus team gathered the community to raise awareness on the water crisis! Donations have made it possible for us to provide over 500 people in Somalia with PackH2o water packs this June!
Visit the blog to view photos captured at our event
A young girl cares for her younger brother as her mother tries to get a ration card for food aid. The refugee camp outside Dadaab is said to be the largest in the world.
Refugees are overwhelmed by a cloud of dust in Dadaab, near Kenya's border with Somalia. Many have fled both civil war and famine in Somalia, arriving at refugee camps in Kenya. A large part of East Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, are facing the worst famine in 20 years.
Each day at least 1,000 more refugees arrive.
An aerial view shows the massive size of the Dadaab refugee encampments
Refugees await rations at the camp. The British charity Oxfam has accused some European governments of failing to make aid payments, thus delaying an international response to the disastrous conditions in the region.
Chaos and ongoing conflict in Somalia have inflamed the situation by discouraging aid agencies from providing help there.
World Food Program tents dot the arid landscape, holding food aid for incoming refugees.
A father digs a grave for his child outside the Dadaab camp.
Did you know women and children spend over 200 million hours collecting water every day? In Somalia, children sacrifce precious hours collecting water than they do in school. This needs to be changed. Donate!
A Jerrycan is a container for fuel or water. In many developing countries, people use it to haul and store their drinking water. The standard five-gallon Jerry can weighs about 40 pounds when full. As you can imagine, the cans are a burden for those who carry them. For many, the jerrycan symbolizes life: It carries the water they use for almost every daily task. Similarly, these yellow sturdy cartons symbolize hope. Hope is not an inanimate object that can be carried like the jerrycan, but it is a feeling that we carry in our hearts. Help us make a difference. Help us save lives. Help us carry hope.