Die Not der Hirten in Afrika lindern und Umschneidung verhindern ¤ African villages on the brink of starvation

DEUTSCH

Eine Erklärung findet man unter dem englischen Text

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ENGLISH

Yesterday we got a message from Sayydah Garreth from the Pastoralist Child Foundation:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

Pastoralist Child Foundation joining #GivingTuesdayNow in

Global Day of Giving and Unity

 

Glen Ridge, NJ –  May 3, 2020 – Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) responds to urgent COVID-19 need with provisions to food insecure villages in Samburu, Kenya.

 

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

 

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

 

Pastoralist Child Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow in response to many families in need of food during these difficult times. Coupled with the recent and most devastating locust invasion in 70 years, food is extremely scarce. The local livestock markets are closed. Pastoralists depend on this market where they sell their animals in order to purchase food such as rice, flour, beans, sugar, tea, and cooking oil.

 

Our #GivingTuesdayNow goal is to raise $6,000 to feed individuals and families in 10 villages. The PCF team will also teach people how to make and wear masks, demonstrate physical distancing, and install hand washing stations. We have an obligation to help the pastoralist communities as this has been our mission since 2012. Our health workshops are on hold during COVID-19. Therefore, our immediate focus is to feed individuals and families who are on the brink of starvation. The pastoralist community has welcomed our organization with open arms as we have saved thousands of girls and women from harmful practices like FGM and child marriage, and helping women register self-help groups to start their own businesses. They’re grateful and always thank PCF for helping them help themselves.

 

As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end.

 

Donations of any amount are welcome and can be made at #GivingTuesdayNow

 

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We know about Sayydah and the foundation because we worked together on some books, where she provided the pictures and part of the content.

One of them is African Children

About Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) – The registered 501C3 nonprofit organization was founded in 2012 by Sayydah Garrett, a teacher from New Jersey, and Samuel Siriria Leadismo, a human rights activist from Samburu, Kenya. The mission is to end female genital mutilation (FGM), a human rights violation by the World Health Organization, and child marriage. PCF facilitates sexual and reproductive health workshops for youths, adults, and elders. The curriculum consists of FGM, child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, child rights, self-awareness, self-confidence, substance abuse, sanitation, and the importance of education. PCF provides women’s economic empowerment and table banking workshops for self-help groups in Samburu and Maasai Mara, Kenya. PCF hosts well-being workshops for victims of FGM and hosts the Annual Youth Soccer & Volleyball Tournament for 400 girls and boys across Samburu County. PCF is an official UNICEF partner and works alongside activists and organizations around the globe to end FGM by the year 2030.

 

About GivingTuesday – #GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good to transform their communities and the world. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

 

Contact:

Sayydah Garrett

phone: (973) 980-7860

email:  info@pastoralistchildfoundation.org

 

I WANT TO HELP

PASTORALIST CHILD FOUNDATION

51 Clark Street, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

 

You can of course also help anytime you want to, and not only this Tuesday.

 

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DEUTSCH

Als wir an der Solkrogen-Serie arbeiteten, brauchten wir Bildmaterial aus Afrika und kamen so in Kontakt mit Sayydah Garreth, die teilweise auch Inspirationen zur inhaltlichen Entwicklung der Geschichte gab.

 

Sie ist eine der beiden Vorsitzenden der Pastoralist Child Foundation (übersetzt: Hirten-Kinder Organisation), die sich um die Kinder und sehr jungen Frauen der Hirten des Samburu-Stammes in der Massai Mara-Gegend kümmert, um Kinderehen und Zwangsbeschneidung zu verhindern.

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Damit hatte Sayydah (siehe obriges Foto) bislang sehr grossen Erfolg – bis jetzt die COVID-19-Situation und zu allem Übel auch noch eine Heuschrecken-Plage über die Gemeinde in Afrika einfielen, die sie betreut.

Momentan ist es leider so, dass die Menschen dort am Verhungern sind, weil sie kaum noch etwas zu essen haben und die Märkte wegen der CORONA-Krise geschlossen sind.

Darum hat sie uns alle um Hilfe gebeten.

Es fehlt 10 Dörfern an Lebensmitteln.

Wer spenden möchte und kann (dabei ist es egal, wie klein der Betrag ist), darf gerne dazu beitragen; die Infos sind in der englischsprachigen Mail von ihr, die ich oben abgedruckt habe.

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Wer hingegen mehr über den Samburu-Staḿm und Sayydahs Mission, die Zwangsbeschreidung zu vermeiden, lesen möchte, hat in dem Buch Unsere Afrikanischen Kinder die Gelegenheit dazu.

Unsere afrikanischen Kinder

Credits:

Pictures: Sayydah Garreth

Book covers: NVP-Verlag

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