Eritrea

U.S based Eritrean Development Foundation sends US$ 51,000 for drought victim children and mothers in Eritrea

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Washington, D.C. - February 27, 2003 - The Washington-based Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF) today announced that it has sent US$51,000 to the Eritrean Relief and Refugee Commission (ERREC) for the purchase and immediate distribution of DMK, a locally produced supplementary food commodity to save the lives of children and mothers whose nutritional conditions are adversely affected by the drought.

EDF would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to its Chapters in St. Louis, Missouri, Southfield Michigan, Baltimore, Maryland, Rochester, New York, as well as individual donors for their generous and quick response to EDF's "Avert Famine in Eritrea" emergency campaign.

Statistical analysis recently released by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) indicated that malnutrition levels have reached critical levels in three of six provinces in Eritrea: Anseba, in the northern center of the country, Gash Barka, in the west and Northern Red Sea, in the northeast. According to the same statistical analysis, over 400,000 malnourished women and children are in need of immediate emergency food aid to save their lives.

The Eritrean Development Foundation, since its inception in 1998, has sent medicines, books, emergency supplies and emergency grants worth over $8 million to Eritrea and is committed to help Eritreans help themselves. For more information and to find out how you can help, please call (202) 783-3273, visit our web site at: www.edfonline.org. or contact us via email at edf@edfonline.org

The Eritrean Development Foundation is an independent US-based 501©(3) non-profit humanitarian organization, working to promote economic, social, and cultural development in Eritrea.