Monday, March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008 - Donate to the WFP

Somebody (my friend Joanna, thank you) asked on our blog recently how people could donate to the WFP in Kenya like Drew Barrymore did. Don't worry, you don't have to donate $1 million - any and all donations make a difference!

If you would like to make a donation to the WFP go to this website: US citizens can make a tax-deductible donation right on that page and non-US citizens will be directed to's online donation site.

On the website, there are is a drop-down menu that lets you choose where your money will go. If you don't choose "greatest need", which gives the WFP discretion to use your funds, one of the options says "School Meals/Fill the Cup" which would direct your donation towards school feeding programs in Africa, possibly Kenya. There is another option on that menu that would feed internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Kenyan post-election crisis with your donation. There are other options, such as Darfur, as well.

About 7% of your donation will go towards overhead/administrative costs and the rest will actually get to WFP programs. Our next blog will include pictures of the children that the WFP is feeding here in Kenya from Kristoffer's trip last week (there is a teaser below). Maybe you will be inspired to donate - it takes only 25 cents a day to give one child a meal.

This picture was taken at an all-girls Muslim primary school on the border of Somalia. For many girls whose families may not value their education, the main reason their parents send them to school is for them to be fed. These girls are lining up to receive their lunch which, depending on which part of the country you live in, consists of either rice or maize. Because this part of the country is completely arid, when the WFP cuts the budget they are not at risk of losing their school feeding. Schools in parts of the country that are only semi-arid, however, are in danger and it is likely that enrolment will drop if children aren't provided with food, especially for girls whose parents will just keep them to home to work or contribute to the household in some way.


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