Grants to Food for the Hungry Expand Program in Congo (DRC)

Food for the Hungry
Friday, 22 February 2002

Food for the Hungry received two major grants to assist our relief program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC.

U.S. Agency for International Development and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance approved over $746,000 to provide 240,000 people during the next 10 months. Christian Aid Ministries provided an additional $25,000 that will be used to help host families in Bukavu who are housing and feeding friends and relatives.

Food for the Hungry and our partners have already distributed 15 tons of beans, 10 tons of rice, cooking oil, firewood, mosquito nets and school supplies. Staff in the DRC are encouraged that most of the refugees in Bukavu camps have either returned home or sought help from family and friends.

Because officials estimate that 15,000 people are living with host families in Bukavu, Food for the Hungry is now shifting relief efforts to refugees who have moved in with friends and family. With ECC, a local Protestant church organization, Food for the Hungry provided food for almost 1,500 host families, nearly 7,000 people.

Food for the Hungry is also making long-term plans to help families in the DRC. The USAID/OFDA-funded effort will provide food, seeds and tools to people who are have been able to return to their farms in recent months. Food for the Hungry also has plans to aid in rehabilitating homes and reconstructing important infrastructure such as bridges, roads, docks and irrigation canals.

Food for the Hungry was founded in 1971 and helps some of the world's most needy people in 30 countries through child development programs, agriculture and clean water projects, health and nutrition programs, education, microenterprise loans, and disaster relief. For more information, or to make a donation, call Food for the Hungry at 1-800-2-HUNGER or visit our Web site.

For more information, or to contact Food for the Hungry, see their website at: www.fh.org

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