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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Spokane parishes support CRS efforts in East Africa

the Inland Register

(From the November 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Parishes of the Diocese of Spokane continue to assist Catholic Relief Services efforts all over the world. The latest example is the response to the drought affecting 12 million people in East Africa. Motived by parish appeals, Spokane Catholics contributed $14,455 to relief efforts in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

Many of the contributions fund immediate relief efforts in places like the eastern Kenyan town of Dadaab, a sprawling refugee camp which is now the third largest city in Kenya. Some 1,300 people from Somalia arrive each day in search of food and water. This is the daily reality of refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. In Mogadishu and Baidoa and in the south-central part of Somalia CRS’ support is helping thousands of displaced Somalis with a range of services, including food, water and access to medical services. In neighboring Ethiopia, a CRS is feeding more than one million people, providing food, water, health, and nutrition services.

Beyond the immediate need for food, clean water, shelter and medical supplies, parish contributions support long-term solutions to the recurring cycle of famine and drought that has beset this region. During the past eight years, CRS – with generous donations from concerned Catholics and others of goodwill – has helped fight the effects of recurrent drought in Ethiopia. “We brought in rigs to drill wells 1,000 feet into the earth. A recent visit to the field revealed that 95 percent of 28 wells we’ve constructed are still operational,” said Bekele Abaire, CRS water and sanitation program manager.

It is still possible to donate to the East Africa Emergency fund. Send a check with “East Africa” on the memo line to: Catholic Charities Spokane, P.O. Box 2253, Spokane WA 99210-2253. Electronic donations can be made directly to CRS’s East Africa Emergency fund via their web site

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