We help South Sudan!
The Polish Medical Mission has already delivered over 100 tonnes of food to the inhabitants of South Sudan. This was the first out of three deliveries for famine-threatened women and children in Western Equatoria State within the framework of the project commenced this year in June. Its implementation is possible thanks to the funds in the amount of PLN 1,972,000 for the purchase of food donated by the Department of Humanitarian Aid of the Prime Minister’s Office as well as to the financial support from the Kulczyk Foundation.
Between 25th and 31st July, the first of the planned three food distributions took place in Mundri West County. 8.5 tonnes of oil, 13 tonnes of beans, 34 tonnes of rice and 46 tonnes of sorghum grains were delivered to undernourished pregnant women, mothers and children; 20,060 people in total. The aid extended by the Polish organisation is a response to the famine disaster that struck this country in 2017. The aid in its entirety will comprise distribution of 354 tonnes of food for over 47 thousand women and children. This is the first project with such a large scale of food aid ever financed with Polish funds.
‘Our actions have gained the support of the Kulczyk Foundation, which provided the means that are necessary to safeguard the distribution of food and to protect the warehouses where it will be stored’, says Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart, the project coordinator, ‘We are glad to see that the struggle against famine unites various aid organisations and institutions in our country. I thank them all for their trust in us’, she adds.
The aid in the form of beans, rice, oil and sorghum grains for sowing, which will enable the beneficiaries to securely survive the summer months of waiting for the crops, has reached 3,343 households in Mundri West. The organisation of the food distribution is handled by the American organisation Food for the Hungry, which is the PMM’s partner in South Sudan.
Already in the summer of 2017 the Polish Medical Mission responded to the appeal of the UN which announced famine disaster in South Sudan for the first time in six years. Thanks to a collection, the PMM provided food and specialist nutritional additives for 2,000 people and supported the functioning of the Stabilization Centre in the refugee camp in the town of Wau which over three months provided assistance to nearly 650 children and women.
If you want to help starving women and children in South Sudan:
- go to www.pmm.org.pl/pl/zestawy-3/ and buy a food kit
- pay money to account no. 62 1240 2294 1111 0000 3718 5444 with annotation: Sudan.