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Food Distribution Day

22 Oct

I spend most of my days doing everything in my power to engage business leaders, celebrities, students, friends and family in the Interface philanthropic crusade.  Today I reached out to a few people (Sheila E, Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty, Evan Walker, Harriet Giles of Auburn Univerisity, Mary Fanaro of Omnipeace, Andrew Keegan, Jeff Sheets, Cynthia Garrett, Chris Stamos) whom I thought could influence our work for the better.  I sent an email to Mia Farrow.  Most know her as the American actress who has appeared in over 40 films.  However Ms.Farrow is also notable for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her latest effort is www.miafarrow.org containing a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photos and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, she was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. I was pleasantly surprised to get a kind email back from Ms. Farrow saying, “great work, Scott” & now I am looking forward to speaking with her to gain her insight into making Interface THE philanthropic movement to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  We are on the right path!!

I thought you might enjoy an entry Mia shared with us regarding a Food Distribution Day at a camp for Darfuri refugees.  Please share this with everyone you know…

Thank you Mia for being a voice for the millions who do not have one.

Voices from the refugee camps
Today was ‘Food Distribution Day at Oure Cassoni camp for Darfuri refugees.
Food rations have been cut. What used to feed a family of four now must be stretched to sustain 6 people.
Listed below are  the rations given out today at Oure Casssoni — to each person. They must make their supply last for one month. They will also share their rations with newly arrived, unregistered  refugees.  The camp quota cannot exceed 27,000 people. The aid agencies do not have the capacity to sustain more.   
Each person receives;  
2.65 oz of cooking oil
1.59 oz  of sugar
0.55 oz’s of salt (for the first time in months salt has been available)
3.3 pounds of lentils
22 lbs cereal
3.3 lbs sorghum
 soap—but none has been available for months
The goal is to give each refugee 2100 calories.   But for months they have been receiving 1800 calories-less than the minimum requirement. Suggested calorie consumption in the US is about 2500 calories a day. Conservatively.
I have heard that Chadians, the 250,000 also displaced by Janjaweed attacks, receive 40% of what the Darfuri refugees are given, but I have not yet been able to  confirm this.
The World Food Programme representative here told me that “US dollars cannot buy what they could before. “ The WFP is running out of money. As you know, food rations to the more than 2. 5 million people in the camps of Darfur have been halved (as of last May) Insecurity on the ground has forced food to be delivered by air. This is unsustainably expensive yet we cannot let people starve. It is the children under five who die first. Anyone wishing to help should donate to the WFP.
The cost of grain has risen dramatically. And the cost of transportation is, as we all know, sky high.  The people here have been asking for new jerry-cans, the plastic containers they need to carry water from the water-point to their dwellings.  But the cost of getting  the containers to the camp now exceeds the cost of manufacturing and purchasing them. All supplies come here by road through Libya and Cameroon. When the roads are impassible-which is OFTEN in the rainy reason,  supplies cannot get through. It is a precarious situation.  

Mia Farrow at the Djabai Refugee Camp

Mia Farrow at the Djabai Refugee Camp