(Portland, OR Aug 02, 2011) Griffin Outreach International announced today it was giving $25,000 immediately to Medical Teams International to care for those suffering from famine and disease in Somalia. In addition, the Washington-based foundation also offered $90,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match to Medical Teams International donors to help an additional 36,000 people in the immediate future with care and medicines.
The matching grant comes at a critical time when the worst drought in 60 years has hit East Africa, leaving 11 million people malnourished and sick. It’s estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the children are suffering from acute malnutrition.
“At a time when the only thing needed more than the basics of food, water and medicine is hope, Medical Teams International is hope,” said Dr. K.C. Thompson, managing director for Griffin Outreach International.
Medical Teams International has already delivered medical supplies to help treat the sick to Somalis who are walking for days toward Kenya in search of food and water. A volunteer medical team is expected to leave next week for Somalia to help staff on the scene with provide emergency care.
People wanting to provide gifts toward the matching grant may do so at the Medical Teams International secure website at: www.medicalteams.org/drought. Or you may call 800.959.4325 and mention the matching grant for east Africa famine.