Pray and give for the people of Madagascar
In the Malagasy language, there is a special word for the cycle of sustained drought and famine that regularly afflicts the people. That word is kere.
This year, Madagascar’s kere is worse than anyone can remember, killing people in the southern Androy and Anosy regions of the Anglican Diocese of Toliara, where Anglican Aid has close connections. Our great friend, the Rev. Berthier Lainirina, has called us to pray and to give.
Death from starvation is at critical levels, with the UN World Food Program reporting that desperate families are resorting to eating insects. A Diocesan report said, “Acute malnutrition has struck 120,000 children, youth and elderly people, so desperate for food they have started eating ash combined with tamarin fruit or cactus leaves.”
Already, Madagascar is one of the poorest nations in the world, with more than half of children under five malnourished, with stunted growth.
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Your gift will provide starving people in Madagascar's Toliara province with nutritious meals of rice, beans and water, prepared by local Christians and delivered to those who need it most.Give now
Feeding the hungry
With your help, the Anglican Diocese of Toliara will purchase food and supplies and transport them to the parishes most affected by the crisis. Churches will cook and distribute food to their communities, showing care for others, compelled by the love of Jesus.
In the 2019 – 2020 rainy season, scant rainfall led to failed crops and livestock production. Now it is summer again in the Southern Hemisphere island, strong winds are drying up the land, and whatever water there is. Wells are empty.
January-March is known as the lean season. With the additional impact of COVID-19 restrictions, the situation may deteriorate even further.
Berthier said, “The place is totally dry, with no water and no food. The places are very far from the capital city of the Province. Many people die everyday. It is an urgent situation.”
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