Sahel Emergency Appeal 2012 - 2013
Appeal now closed
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Sahel appeal. Thanks to your generosity, the funding need has now been met and we are no longer taking donations.
Any donations made through this page will be placed in our emergency appeal fund for use in future emergency responses.
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By sponsoring a child in the Sahel you can help to ensure that a child in West Africa will be living in a loving family home with food and healthcare.
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One million children at serious risk
SOS Children’s Emergency Appeal for the Sahel region of West Africa is helping families where drought and famine are putting millions of lives in danger.
It is estimated that 17 million people, including one million children, are at risk of malnutrition.
Children have been the first to suffer in the famine and as the crisis worsens, have a high chance of falling victim to an early death.
With a long-term presence in the Sahel drought region, we are well-positioned to respond to the food crisis. We are acting now to help thousands, by providing food packages and guidance for parents to ensure that they can meet their children's nutritional needs.
To help us with our important and life-saving work we need as many people as possible to make a contribution. Please consider sponsoring a child, making a regular donation or a one-off donation to our work.
Sahel food crisis news stories
Feb 27, 2013 04:00 PM
The current conflict in Mali has resulted in a humanitarian crisis. SOS Children have stepped up our work in the country to help 1,000 families displaced by the violence, ensuring that they have access to food, nutritional support and sanitation items. We are also supporting vulnerable children who have lost their parents in the chaos and help to reunite families.
Jan 30, 2013 12:35 PM
Intensified conflict between government troops and Islamic militants in Mali has resulted in a humanitarian crisis. Many students who attend our SOS School in Mopti have fled to the south of the country. Families from the SOS Children’s Village close to Mopti have been evacuated to safety and we are closely monitoring the changing situation.
Aug 14, 2012 11:35 AM
On Sunday (12 August) double Olympic winner Mo Farah stood alongside David Cameron at number 10 Downing Street for the Global Hunger Summit to show his support and commitment to help cut the number of children affected by stunted growth by 25 million by the time of the Brazilian Olympics in 2016.
Jul 12, 2012 05:09 PM
Whilst the situation across the Sahel belt of Africa gets worse, the fate of refugees from the East African crisis is not improving and indeed the refugee camps are struggling to cope.
Jul 12, 2012 01:00 PM
In Madaoua, in the Tahoua region of Niger, there is another targeted Emergency Relief operation by SOS Children aimed at famine relief, strengthening families and trying to avoid a cascade of refugees driven by Sahel famine.
Jul 12, 2012 12:50 PM
Famine across Sahel is triggering a major humanitarian disaster. SOS Children is targeting specific groups across the region. This report is about our Emergency Food Aid Program in the regions of Kayes and Mopti in Mali.
Mar 09, 2012 09:30 AM
SOS Children has launched an emergency appeal in West Africa where millions are at risk from a major famine.
Jan 27, 2012 04:05 PM
With press attention on the African Cup of Nations, footballers from West Africa have made an appeal for the international community to act quickly over the looming food crisis across the Sahel region.
Dec 12, 2011 09:15 AM
About seven million people in Africa's Sahel region face food shortages, the United Nation's World Food Programme warned today.