Rev. Ray Buchanan will be spending 15 days
traveling through Central and Southern Africa in September. The main
focus of the trip is to monitor hunger relief projects supported by Stop
Hunger Now and to assess new program opportunities. During his visit,
Buchanan will have the opportunity to meet with leaders and organizations
working for reconciliation and peace in several African nations.
Traveling with Rev. Buchanan is the Rev. Winston Charles, Christ Episcopal Church of Raleigh, and his wife, Judy Charles The team will depart from Raleigh Durham International on September 11, 2003 and fly to Nairobi, Kenya. They will then travel to Zambia and Zimbabwe, before returning to Kenya. Rev. and Mrs. Charles will return to Raleigh on Sept. 24, while Rev. Buchanan travels on to Monrovia, Liberia.
In Kenya, they will visit the Rye Clinic in Kibera, named for Rye Barcott, President of Carolina for Kibera, an international non-governmental organization housed at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Stop Hunger Now is delivering 70 pounds of medicine and $1,000 to aid the people of Kibera, East Africa's largest slum. The $1,000 is the first installment of a grant to help feed malnourished families of AIDS patients. The donated medicine is valued at $5,000.
They will travel to Livingstone, Zambia where $3,000 donated by the North Carolina District 7710 Rotarians will be delivered to the Rotary Club of Livingstone. The money will be used to further hunger projects already set up by that club.
"Working with the Rotarians of District 7710 and the Rotary Club of Livingstone is exciting," said the Rev. Buchanan. "These are the kind of partnerships that cut through red tape and get food to the folks most in need."
While in Liberia, Buchanan will assess the humanitarian situation around the capital, Monrovia, and meet with local and national church leaders to strategize about ongoing relief efforts. He will also meet with other NGOs and relief organizations in the area. Getting a firsthand look at the situation in Liberia is critical, according to Buchanan.
"Working with the leaders at the scene of the crisis allows us to have the firsthand information that is vital to a proper response," said Buchanan. "I will be meeting with the United Methodist Bishop in Monrovia and seeing the situation myself. Knowing what is really happening is invaluable."
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Stop Hunger Now is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit international relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to people throughout the world.
For more information contact:
Stop Hunger Now
2501 Clark Avenue, Suite 301
Raleigh, NC 27607-7213