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$1 million for Africa Relief

August 23, 2011

Prescott, WA -- Vista Hermosa Foundation, located near the Tri-Cities, has committed $1 million in emergency relief funds to address the urgent needs of people in East Africa. The contribution will be split evenly between Catholic Relief Services and World Vision to support their ongoing efforts in that region.

The drought and famine being experienced throughout the Horn of Africa are now considered to be the worst in 60 years. The countries most heavily impacted by the lack of rainfall include Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The financial donation will help bolster the humanitarian activities and programs already being implemented by Catholic Relief Services and World Vision.

World Vision is providing life-saving water, food, and nutritional supplements for hungry children and families. The organization is also addressing long-term needs by drilling boreholes, rehabilitating wells, installing irrigation systems and distributing drought-resistant crops and equipment to help families grow more food. Current goals focus on serving 675,000 people in Kenya, 260,000 in Somalia and 1.1 million in Ethiopia.

Catholic Relief Services is now reaching 1 million people in the region. Their immediate goal is to provide life-saving assistance. In Somalia, they are distributing therapeutic feeding and food vouchers to 300 people daily in Mogadishu and Baidoa. In Kenya, water and sanitation programs are bringing drinking water, latrines, and hygiene kits to new refugees of Dadaab and Kambioos camps. In Ethiopia, water and sanitation are also priorities.

Vista Hermosa Foundation is a family foundation started in 1990 by Ralph and Cheryl Broetje. The foundation uses profits generated from Broetje Orchards to serve children and under-served communities, both at home and around the world.

“The goal of our foundation and our business is to grow self-sustaining communities,” says Suzanne Broetje, executive director. “As farmers ourselves, we know the challenges associated with growing food and caring for the land. When natural disasters strike, we seek to stand alongside vulnerable families so that they may feed their families, regain their ability to farm the land, and build their resilience for the future. Catholic Relief Services and World Vision both share that long-term commitment to change.”