Aug 30, 2005

Good friend and returned Niger peace corps volunteer Alison M has put together a fundraiser to take place tonight from 6-9 at Ghana Cafe in Adams Morgan. You've heard about the drought and subsequent starvation troubles happening there, right? I know there are currently a lot of disasters to donate to, but come on by before you hit bluestate at Saint Ex, give $10, and drink some of that funky West African beer.

Speaking of funky, FMC has just confirmed George Clinton for the Policy Summit. He'll be interviewed on Monday afternoon, September 12. Register today!

Here's the skinny on the fundraising event:
To raise awareness and support for the dire food shortages in Niger, a group of Niger Returned Peace Corps Volunteers is organizing a Niger Benefit Happy Hour at Ghana Cafe, 2465 18th Street NW, on Tuesday, August 30th from 6 - 9 PM. This event, with a $10 suggested donation, is an ideal way to show concern for the people of Niger while meeting others who care about Niger and the developing world. Ghana Cafe will offer Happy Hour prices on domestic beer and we will throw in some fried plantains to start the night!

As you may already know many people in Niger now face severe food shortages. According to the World Food Program these shortages have lead as many as 2.5 million people in southern Niger to face imminent hunger. Acute malnutrition has reached 20 percent in some areas and admissions to therapeutic feeding centers has quadrupled
from 2004 levels.

All donations will go to CARE for use in Niger. CARE is a well established NGO in Niger working to provide emergency food aid to those most affected by the food shortages. You can read more about CARE's activities at:

We hope we will see you there on August 30th! Please pass this message on to more of your friends and colleagues.

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