Silver Spring, Maryland - On July
15, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in Zimbabwe
began a six-month emergency food program for 12,000 people in the Binga
district of the Matabeleland province located in the southwestern part
Each month, through December, beneficiaries will receive enough maize (corn flour), beans, and vegetable oil to provide each person with 2,100 calories daily as recommended by the Sphere Project Minimum Standards for Disaster Response. The German Foreign Ministry and ADRA Germany are funding this project.
Selection preference will be given to people who have no income or support from other relatives, those who normally have one meal per day or less, and those who are living in sub region IV, an area identified as having very poor soil. Several million people throughout the southern part of Africa are experiencing food shortages caused by prolonged periods of drought that alternated with flooding.
"ADRA's food program will make a tremendous difference because the maize harvest in Zimbabwe this year is expected to be 50-70% less than last year," states Frank Teeuwen, bureau chief for disaster preparedness and response at ADRA International.
Providing individual and community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, or ethnicity, ADRA is present in more than 125 countries.
Donations to ADRA's African food shortage response can be made by calling 1-301-680-6350, or toll-free at 1-800-424-ADRA (2372). Or donate online at www.adra.org. No donated goods are being collected at this time.
Additional information about ADRA can be found on its web site at www.adra.org.
Norma J Sahlin
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Development Bureau
301-529-0500 (nationwide cell phone)