Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Castrophe is Looming

The Economist has more this week on the impending drought in east Africa. This one will most likely surpass the drought of 2000 and could be the worst since the great drought of 1991. This is not only bad because more people go hungry, but as the article points out it often heightens the level of violence between already warring factions. In addition, droughts have all kinds of unintended consequences. Did you know that 95% of Ethiopia's power is hydroelectric, which is water dependent? And, if the needed rains do come, then the region is plagued with mudslides and malaria and cholera increase.

It's a no-win situation. However, besides prayer, it appears part of the answer is helping these countries to build stockpiles of non-perishables and livestock in anticipation of these droughts which appear to emerge on a regular basis. Also, this is also why initiatives like those the Jonas family is undertaking are so important.

Another friend is going to Ethiopia in December with Ethiopian Orphan Relief to help build a well in a remote region.

You can check out the Economist article here.

P.S. - If you want to keep up with what's happening in Africa...and the rest of the world for that matter, I highly recommend investing in a subscription to The Economist.


Sharon said...

I lost your email address (from when you were an IAN reference for me a while back). We're seriously looking into switching agencies. I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share some insight with me now that you're in the process again.
I'm mostly curious about how you see IAN ethically, everything else has been answered so far!
You can email me at
Any help would be greatly appreciatd! :)

Blessed Mom of 8 said...


First, congrats on starting another adoption. We are doing the same..a 12 yr old girl from Ethiopia.

Praising God for the hearts of others to be His hands and feet for His children of Africa.

Did you see our daughters blog yet?

She has already raised $1K to build a well through The Water Project and Compassion Int'l in 2010.

We serve a mighty God!


Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I love the Economist, but I can't even get through an issue of People these days. I will check out this article tho. Thanks for the tip.

Jeni said...

It's so sad. I just hate to see the poverty in this country. :( They need the Lord to send rain! We need to pray!