If like many around the world, you’ve watched the news of late in despair at the crisis in East Africa, now could be the moment you’ve been waiting for to get involved and embark on volunteer work abroad.
UNICEF is asking for $31.8 million over the next three months in donations, through which aid agency professionals are providing on-the-ground assistance in Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as some parts of Somalia.
Demand for aid across the plains of Africa is staggering. With U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claiming that almost 4 million people are in crisis, it seems that now is the time for action, and for anybody that can spare the money or the time to consider working alongside aid agencies in order to find a solution in East Africa.
Whilst for varying reasons you may not be able to gain direct access to the famine declared areas of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, there are many ways you can help stop the crisis from spreading to further African nations.
By embarking on community development volunteer work you can do everything from teach children, orphans and adults with learning disabilities in rural communities to help build homes, schools and shelters working towards stabilising the African education infrastructure.
If you are keen to take action and work abroad embark on crucial community based work in other areas of Africa, where you will get to make a real contribution to the lives of those affected by famine and poverty. As the refugee camps in Kenya are expanding rapidly any help improving the lives of those on the ground throughout the region is welcomed unconditionally.
Now, more than ever is the time to think about the chance to volunteer abroad: with some parts of the problem area cut off from aid workers, and a large proportion of the work occurring in densely packed areas as a result, the work is being spread further, and at greater intensity. One thing’s certain: the work ahead is not going to be easy, nor the pathway clear.