drought in Ethiopia

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I just got an email that there is a drought in Ethiopia where one of my sponsored children live. Will compassion notify me if she or her family are in crisis? They asked me to donate for food boxes for families but it did not say for her family. Thank you Crissy Yarborough
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For crisis programs Compassion uses relief funds. That ensures that an individual family won't miss out if they don't yet have a sponsor or don't have a sponsor that can give extra. I'm not sure if you will find out if your individual family receives one of these boxes, but the fund is a general fund for all Compassion affected families. (like the medical fund, or the HIV/AIDS fund)
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Hi Crissy! Yes, it is a disheartening situation in Ethiopia as they face a 50 year drought. :( We are working to provide assistance through our Disaster Relief Fund. You can donate directly to relief efforts in Ethiopia right now here
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Hi Crissy. I do know that you can give a family gift through your sponsored child's account. That way you would know that the money you are giving is going directly to the family of your sponsored child. Until recently 100% of the money went to the family; now I think 90% goes to the family. Compassion helps the family purchase things that are most needed. From my experience, they often buy some food, in addition to other things that would be useful. If you donate over a certain amount, the Compassion center will take a picture of your child and the gifts that were purchased. Plus the child usually lists all or most of the items in a letter. I think it's a wonderful way to be able to help your child's family.
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Thank you I have my child in Uganda a family gift and they put the money in the bank which made me wonder how much they really needed it......i wish there was a way we could know for sure how the family is doing or how many needs they have prior to sending larger sums of money
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Crissy, they may have put the money in the bank to hold onto in order to pay for things such as school fees, clothing, food, or business/farming supplies when needed. Every child in Compassion is in need of some help. Your family gift that is in the bank right now may be what pays for your child's or a sibling's education. It may help buy livestock or seed when planting time comes or help start a family business that may be the key to your child's family overcoming poverty. Thank you so much for the difference you are making in these children's (and their families) lives! God bless!
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Is all of Ethiopia effected by the drought or is it certain areas of Ethiopia?  I have sent two family gifts to my Birtukan in Ethiopia over the last 2 years.  Both times the family used the money to buy basic food.  If there is a lack of food because of the drought, will there be food for the family to buy if they have the extra money?
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Hey Deb! There are parts on the west side of Ethiopia that have not been as badly affected by the drought, most of the country has been affected. As you can imagine, one part of the country cannot sufficiently provide enough food for an entire country of people. This drought is receiving international attention, signaling several organizations to extend assistance to the country. Compassion Ethiopia is partnering with churches to assess and respond to the needs of the children and families we serve. We are working hard to deliver food boxes to the families in our program. With the drought not being as severe in certain areas, our church partners will be able to travel to areas where food prices have not skyrocketed, which sadly is happening in the severe areas, and where there isn't a shortage of food. There they will be able to purchase supplementary foods (maize, grain, and food oil) in bulk at a cheaper price and transport it back to the centers. Please, please be praying for each family involved in Compassion's program and the people of Ethiopia as a whole.


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