Famine rife in Southern Africa; believers respond.

By October 21, 2003

Zambia (MNN)–In continued response to the famine that is now affecting millions of lives in southeastern Africa, Operation Blessing and a partnering organization is sending a container of hunger relief to two orphanages in Zambia. It will begin traveling across the Atlantic Ocean on November 7th. Two containers to Zambia and one container to Malawi each filled with 128,000 meals arrived at their destinations this month.

Zambia’s orphans and street children have been stripped of any food. Street children are used to finding scraps, but there aren’t any scraps to find anymore. However, thanks to Operation Blessing partners, 128,000 meals are on their way.

Operation Blessing will make sure this happens with the help of contacts at the Emma’s Kids and Nyamphande orphanages. Accountable to Children of the World, Emma’s Kids is home to 156 children in very rural Zambia. It also daily feeds more than 250 additional street children.

Southeastern Africa’s rainy season began in October. Heavy waters washed out and flooded pathways, making it more than difficult to reach those in need of famine relief. Without the help of their world neighbors, this impending famine will heighten the probability of certain death.

OBI has a long history of helping Africa’s citizens. It includes sending flood relief to Mozambique, digging water wells in Uganda, supporting Angolan and Nigerian orphan programs, developing micro-enterprise projects in South Africa, building homes for Tanzanian flood victims, providing relief for Sudanese refugees as well as conducting medical missions in Kenya and Ghana.

In efforts to relieve human suffering they combat hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. They also help facilitate the development of healthy, vibrant and self-sustaining communities by addressing larger issues of education, food security, potable water, employment, community health, and disaster mitigation projects.

In every endeavor, OBI seeks to exemplify Christian compassion and benevolence while conforming to the highest standards of integrity.

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