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Lux' Red Cross needs more support

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg's Red Cross is successfully funding a project to improve access to water in southern Somalia. But, the project needs more support and is appealing for donations to help victims of Somalia's drought.

(CH) Luxembourg's Red Cross is successfully funding a project to improve access to water in southern Somalia. But, the project needs more support and is appealing for donations to help victims of Somalia's drought.

A dysfunctional country with no capacity to save what is left; Stick-thin babies and desperate parents on perilous journeys, fleeing from the worst drought Somalia has had in more than half a century.

Since the famine has started spreading across southern Somalia, the Luxembourg Red Cross has been able to mobilise 268,000 € to support the life-saving project.

Thanks to generous donations from the public in Luxembourg, the number of beneficiaries has increased almost sixfold compared to the initial project. It means that 170,000 people have been helped instead of the expected 30,000.

A long term project

The long term project is aimed at providing 170,000 victims with access to clean water, which will drastically improve their hygiene and sanitation, irrigation and planting – essentials that allow the population to cover food needs for next year.

Different types of water supply will be installed for these purposes: wells, water storage facilities of water, irrigation for agriculture or even water tanks for livestock. The water tanks will furthermore be treated with chlorine to protect people from cholera and other diseases.

The various actions will be conducted on six different sites, all located in southern Somalia, an area controlled by al-Shabaab, which are only accessible by the ICRC and National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Call for public support

While the project has started well, Luxembourg Red Cross needs an additional 50,000€ to complete the project and thus appeals to the generosity of the Luxembourg public.

To support the project providing access to water for 170.000 people in southern Somalia, please make a donation:

By transfer to CCPL LU52 1111 0000 1111 0000

By credit card on www.croix-rouge.lu (communication: “Famine Somalie”)