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At 100Percent we didn’t just see people in need, we saw the hope that emergency
relief paired with sustainable development programmes could bring
to communities threatened by drought and food insecurity.

We also saw our own ability to respond.

Rich in student loans and poor in cash, thankfully we had intellect that could
be leveraged to raise funds – valuable, lifesaving, hope-bringing funds.

West Africa Reports Back!
 

The West Africa Appeal Story

In 2012, we responded to an urgent appeal from World Vision to help mitigate the devastating consequences of a looming food crisis in West Africa.

Drought had destroyed crops across the Sahel region, south of the Sahara desert. The bone-dry earth also meant that livestock didn't have anything to graze on and many farmers lost up to 90% of their herds. The prognosis was grim for a population largely dependent on subsistence agriculture – families weren’t just losing income, they were losing their livelihoods.
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Funds raised by 100Percent and other generous Kiwis enabled World Vision to provide over 800,000 affected people in West Africa with immediate relief from the food crisis, as well as the building blocks for long-term recovery programmes – particularly in Mali and Niger.

In Mali, widespread food distribution has been on-going, including malnutrition prevention programmes for children under 5 years of age. Thousands of families have also been helped through food for work programmes. Food for work schemes have broad benefits for families in need as well as the wider community: local villagers work on valuable projects, such as building water and irrigation systems, in exchange for regular food rations. These types of programmes help ensure that communities are able to continue progress toward their long-term development goals during difficult times. They also help keep families together, so people aren’t forced to leave the area in search of livelihood opportunities.

Food distribution and specialised treatment for malnourished children has been extensive in Niger. In addition to addressing hunger and nutrition, World Vision was able to provide families with cooking equipment, shelter and hygienic items such as soap to help prevent the spread of common diseases. In refugee camps, World Vision operated ‘Child Friendly Spaces’ where children displaced by violence in Mali were able learn and play in a safe environment

 

World Vision New Zealand continues to support the recovery and long-term development
of communities in Mali and Niger through five Area Development Programmes.

And we’re still doing our bit too!
Over the next year, 100Percent will be raising funds to help communities
in Togogana, Mali build their resilience to food insecurity for the future.
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