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    Hugh Jackman urges Americans to support World Vision’s relief efforts in East Africa


    Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness are encouraging the public to help those in urgent need by supporting World Vision’s relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.

    “World Vision is supporting long-term programs such as drought-tolerant crops, help for herders’ animals, and assistance to families to diversify their income source so that drought doesn’t leave them without an income,” said Jackman.

    World Vision began working in Kenya in 1974, and is currently responding to the drought emergency throughout the Horn of Africa with food aid, clean water and sanitation services, specialized health and nutrition programs, and shelter. World Vision has appealed for USD$100 million globally to fund its relief response in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, targeting 2.5 million of the most affected, particularly children.

    “Children are the most vulnerable in times of crisis like this and in the worst hit areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia nearly half a million young people are at risk of malnutrition.  Hugh and I have been to Ethiopia, and we’ve seen first-hand the World Vision staff who work on the ground. They’re at the crisis points now providing lifesaving food and water” said Furness.

    As World Vision’s emergency response continues, the organization launched a social media campaign across the United   States and a dozen other nations to increase awareness and raise more funds for the devastating drought. Participants will be invited to skip a meal and donate the sum via text messaging (text “FAMINE” to “20222” to donate $10), view and share aid worker videos from the frontlines of the crisis, and pass on their own thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #FamineNoMore and campaign website  FamineNoMore.org.

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