On December 31st, the Poverty Busters Giving Circle voted to donate our pooled $1,600 donation to the World Food Program’s Syrian Fund. Just a few short days afterward, Doctors Without Borders reported that 23 people died from starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya. (Jan 7th NPR article– warning, the pictures are disturbing.)
The resulting international outcry finally put enough pressure on the Syrian regime to allow food aid into 3 Syrian towns. On January 11th, the World Food Program led and coordinated the efforts; eventually, forty-four trucks over the course of a week delivered enough food for the villagers for a month. Negotiations continue as the World Food Program and the International Red Cross try to guarantee regular deliveries of food and supplies to those trapped by the warring parties.
It seems as if our donation arrived at the perfect time, and I’m so proud that we put our money where our hearts and mouths are. We don’t just say we want to help, but we actually did something.
What I love about our giving circles is that it makes it so easy for you to make a big difference. You are invited to join one of our giving circles, so you, too, can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re saving lives.
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