"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

2.27.2007

africa: how you can help

There's so much news this week (Oscars, Britney's hair, the Red River Shootout leaving Dallas) that you may not have heard anything about what's going on Mozambique. After several weeks of flooding in the Zambezi valley, a cyclone (think hurricane) hit the coast, killing three and destroying the homes of up to 165,000. The pictures of the destruction are devastating.

It is much more difficult for a developing country to recover from something like this than it is in a place like the United States. We've all seen how difficult the recovery is on the Gulf Coast, even a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina hit. Imagine dealing with a similar situation without the infrastructure, money, and other resources to be able to help a population. Many people have lost their homes and just about everything they owned, which wasn't much to begin with.

World Vision is coordinating a major relief effort to help victims of the cyclone. Please consider donating money to help Mozambican disaster victims. Even a little bit goes a long way.

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