World Relief marks World Food Day as a day of action for the hungry people of Southern Africa

BALTIMORE, October 6, 2002 - World Relief President Clive Calver recently returned from Southern Africa where a severe drought and questionable government policies have crippled the food supply throughout the region. "These people here have absolutely nothing to eat, and they are beginning to die," Calver said.
According to the United States Agency for International Development, 6 million Zimbabweans alone will face death if action is not taken. "This famine facing Zimbabwe is the worst one seen in years," Calver said.

World Food Day's purpose is to raise awareness about the problem of world hunger and mobilize action towards long-term solutions.

For nearly 60 years, World Relief has worked with the local churches to create sustainable solutions that help the desperately poor. Operating programs more than 20 countries and 26 cities in the U.S, World Relief responds to both emergencies and long-term issues, including disaster response, AIDS and urban ministries, community health, agricultural development, child evangelism, and community banking.

"We believe churches are vital in the response to the drought crisis in Southern Africa because they [churches] understand the needs of their communities better than outsiders do and can distribute aid more effectively," said Calver.

World Relief is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, a leading relief and development practitioner and a sponsor on the U.S. National committee for World Food Day.

To arrange interviews with Clive Calver, please contact Matthew Pugh at 443-451-1966