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Caritas Internationalis: Providing not only crops in Africa, but knowledge

These simple seeds are literally saving lives and lifting entire communities out of poverty. ;

“This food has changed our life. Our children can eat every day, they can go to school.”

For this community in Kenya, things started improving when “Caritas” began to help. The Catholic relief effort, not only helped with crops, but also with lessons on how to handle them, providing so called “drought resistant crops, that mature early. ;

“With the help of Caritas, my farm is green. We thank God for the rain and we thank Caritas for their efforts.”

In the summer of 2011, millions of people in Ethiopia, Kenya and neighboring countries, suffered the worst drought in over 60 years. Without water, the disastrous cycle began: crops were completely dry, livestock began to die. Without these resources, people simply couldn?t survive.

“Even before I woke up, you can see a line of people, coming and asking for food. The situation was really really terrible before this intervention.” ;

Some of the solutions are long term. With help from the relief network, the community was able to build a dam. Before these people had to walk for hours for a few liters of water. But, once this dam is completed roughly 350 families will benefit from it. ;

“Now we can get clean water from the dam, instead of digging holes in the river bed.”

So far Caritas has helped roughly 1 million people with its program. More than crops or seeds, they?re working on sharing knowledge. ;

“We need to think about how to move these people from the ;poverty cycle they are in. Maybe we are not making them wealthy people, but at least they are able to get by as individuals.”

Much work still needs to be done in the Horn of Africa. But this community says, its programs like these that keep its hope alive. ;


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