Mosaic Commits $200,000 to Famine Relief in the Horn of Africa
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Mosaic Commits $200,000 to Famine Relief in the Horn of Africa

 
August 24, 2011   |   ShareThis

Sample Pic The Mosaic Company recently announced a $200,000 donation to support famine relief efforts in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The American Refugee Committee (ARC) will immediately receive a $100,000 donation, and Mosaic will match all donations to ARC for famine relief in Somalia made on GiveMN.org, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.

"I am deeply saddened by the human tragedy unfolding in the Horn of Africa, and Mosaic stands beside the Somali people, as well as their neighbors in Kenya and Ethiopia," said Jim Prokopanko, president and CEO of Mosaic. "Mosaic’s mission is to help the world grow the food it needs, and when famine occurs, the human suffering caused by hunger strikes a personal note."

“By making this generous gift, Mosaic joins the fight against famine in Somalia, stands with our local Somali community—the largest population of Somalis in the U.S.—and, demonstrates the spirit and generosity of Minnesota’s corporate community,” said Daniel Wordsworth, president of ARC. “This donation will help the people of Somalia, for whom each day is a struggle to survive.”

Mosaic and The Mosaic Company Foundation also have a developmental presence in east Africa. Two of Mosaic’s Villages Projects, where Mosaic helps smallholder farmers move out of poverty by increasing crop yields, are in Koraro, Ethiopia and Sauri, Kenya.

ARC and Mosaic have partnered before: assisting people who survived the devastating earthquake in Haiti and supporting the Neighbors Initiative to create change in the U.S. and Somalia. Mosaic also has partnered with GiveMN, and its $100,000 challenge grant helped Second Harvest Heartland become the top fundraiser during Give to the Max Day on GiveMN.org in 2010.

Donors can visit GiveMN.org, a site that accepts credit card donations globally, and click on the homepage link to make a donation to the ARC Somalia famine relief efforts and have their donation matched. Mosaic also will cover the credit card transaction fees on all donations, so gifts to support lifesaving relief in Somalia will be fully maximized.

Mosaic has a history of helping communities recover from natural disasters: the tsunami in Japan; recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand; floods in Saskatchewan and Brazil; and hurricanes in Florida.


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Homepage Billboard: The American Refugee Committee recently constructed a water system in Rajo Camp in Mogadishu to provide clean drinking water to serve 50,000 people.

Above right: Relief workers distributed food, cooking pots, clean water containers and other essentials to famine-affected families in Mogadishu.

Below left: Families are fleeing their homes because they don’t have enough food to eat. They leave behind almost everything to seek help.