By Jaron Vogelsang | October 25, 2011
The ongoing famine and food crisis in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia has fallen out of the headlines. But it continues to have devastating effects on communities. The international community is still responding to the crisis, but resources are limited. Most relief efforts are focusing on the regions of Somalia where the famine has resulted in a rising death toll and a refugee crisis.
Communities that are experiencing food crises in northern Kenyan are falling through the cracks of the international response.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake-the worst natural disaster to hit the Western Hemisphere in two centuries-struck Haiti, killing approximately 300,000 people and leaving as many as one million homeless. Within 48 hours, AJWS sent funding to our grantees in the region who were providing aid on the ground-distributing food, water purification systems, temporary shelter and medicine.
New York, NY; June 1, 2010-American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, is collecting donations in response to the flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Agatha. The storm brought widespread devastation to Central America on Sunday.
Donations to AJWS's emergency relief fund can be made at http://www.ajws.org/agatharelief or by check mailed to: American Jewish World Service, 45 W.
Amid widespread human rights violations and political violence, Zimbabwe held its run-off presidential election on June 27. Labeled a "sham" by the international community, incumbent Robert Mugabe, the only candidate running, won the election with 85% of the vote. During the tumultuous period leading up to the elections, opposition supporters and organizations faced harassment, intimidation and violence by partisans of the ZANU-PF, Mugabe's party.