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Earthquake in Haiti: Emergency Response Mobilized

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI—Action Against Hunger | ACF International has mobilized an emergency response following the earthquake that devastated the city of Port-au-Prince yesterday. ACF teams on the ground have begun to carry out rapid evaluations across the city, while additional support, equipment, and materials—including water treatment supplies, emergency vehicles, and communications equipment—are en route from ACF’s bases in Gonaives.

 

From Trickle to Torrent

Nick Radin, our Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Advisor, recently returned from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Action Against Hunger is bringing clean water to communities affected by ongoing conflict in the region. He reports from the village of Hombo, on the border between North and South Kivu, provinces that have borne the brunt of much of the fighting between rebel militias and government soldiers. This violence has terrorized communities and forced thousands of families from their homes.

Hombo, D.R. Congo

What's Hygiene Got To Do With Hunger?

Daisy Nyaga is a Public Health Program Manager with Action Against Hunger in Kenya. She works with families to improve their health and prevent illnesses like malaria, dysentery, and cholera that kill millions of children every year and devastate families and entire communities. In recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of communities in distress, Daisy was honored with the Staff Honoree of the Year at the Action Against Hunger Annual Gala on November 18th.

A Clean Water Breakthrough

Dr. Greg Allgood is head of Procter & Gamble's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, which has helped guarantee millions of liters of clean water to children and families during periods of crisis. In recognition of its extraordinary efforts on behalf of distressed communities around the world, Procter & Gamble will receive the 9th annual Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award on November 18th.

ACF Distributes Emergency Supplies in Earthquake Zone

PADANG, INDONESIA—Action Against Hunger | ACF International is responding to the immediate needs of those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra late last month. The global humanitarian group is supplying drinking water and emergency provisions to residents of Padang, the city most affected by the disaster, and surrounding areas.

Political Violence in Kenya: Glenn Hughson on Field Work and the Importance of Good Coffee

Kenya held elections on December 27th, 2007 and the skewed results led to accusations of ballot fixing. The aftermath of the results led to ethnic violence between a number of different communities that had supported the leading parties. Homes and businesses were burned and looted, water points poisoned, families separated, women were raped, and over 1,200 people were killed.

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene: Life-Sustaining Services

It’s a bitter irony that the torrential rains of a tropical cyclone can leave millions of people without a drop of clean water. When Cyclone Nargis ravaged coastal Myanmar—claiming over 80,000 lives—survivors found that their wells and rice paddies were badly contaminated by brackish floodwaters. Safe drinking water was difficult to obtain; agriculture was nearly impossible.

Flooding in Burkina Faso Leaves Tens of Thousands Homeless

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—International humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has mounted an emergency response after the heaviest rainfall in almost a century destroyed major parts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The flooding has affected more than 150,000 people, a third of whom have sought refuge in dozens of temporary shelters throughout the city.

Thousands Displaced by Georgia-Russia War Still Lack Basic Services

New York, NY—One year after the Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia, nearly 30,000 people displaced during the fighting still lack sufficient access to potable water and adequate sanitation, according to the results of a joint study carried out by Action Against Hunger (ACF), UNICEF, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

World’s Hungry Exceeds One Billion

The number of hungry people in the world has passed the one billion mark for the first time ever, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. This means that one in six people go to bed desperately hungry every night.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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