Date: July 22, 2005
Thank you for the great work you do to inform and alert readers of the
humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters that threaten the lives
and livelihood of millions of people. The words you write and publish
can have a direct impact on the support organizations like the World
Food Program (WFP) receive to help save lives in emergency situations
around the world.
As you cover the food emergency in Niger, we kindly request your
assistance in letting your readers know that they can help those affected by
donating to organizations like Friends of the World Food Program. We
would greatly appreciate it if you would include the donation
information indicated below in or near articles about the situation in Niger
and/or on your web site.
More than 2.5 million people face a serious food crisis in Niger, one
of the world’s poorest countries, and another million people are
considered highly vulnerable. Drought and a devastating locust invasion have
resulted in exceptionally poor harvests this year. Children are the
most vulnerable; tragically, many are beginning to die from starvation.
To date, WFP has received only $5 million of a $16 million appeal to
reach 12 million of the most needy people in Niger, leaving a shortfall
of nearly 70% for this emergency operation.
Please inform your readers that they can help!
Tax deductible donations can be made to:
Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP)
1819 L Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or online at: www.friendsofwfp.org
For more information, contact: Jennifer Haefeli, 202 530 1694,
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Friends of WFP is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the
public commitment and political leadership necessary to alleviate world
hunger. For more information, visit www.friendsofwfp.org.
The World Food Program is the largest international food aid
organization in the world and the United Nations’ frontline agency in the fight
against hunger. Every year, on average, WFP feeds 90 million people in
over 80 countries. For more information, visit www.wfp.org.
Friends of the World Food Program
Date: July 22, 2005