You think we haven’t had a lot of rain this summer? Think again. Compared to the Sahel, a region between the Sahara Desert to the north and tropical zones to the south, we’ve had plenty. The Sahel receives an annual rainfall of as little as 200 millimetres! As the rain runs dry, so does the food supply.

Although the families within the Sahel are used to a “hungry season” between harvests, this year it has approached sooner and their cereal stocks have already started to run out. In order to prevent the situation from worsening, action must be taken now or it is likely that one million children under five will suffer from acute malnutrition.

From August 7 to September 30, 2012 the Government of Canada will match every dollar donated by Canadians to support emergency relief operations within the Sahel region. You can help take action by making a donation.