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Swedish 9-Year-Old Milla Martin Raises Money for Famine Victims with Cinnamon Buns

By admin | March 12, 2012

Milla Martin

By: Cyndi Amaya

While many times we see or hear news about atrocities in other countries, most of us can be accused of apathy due to our lack of effort to actually try and help. When news broke out of the famine in the Horn of Africa, many chipped in with donations for the famine victims upon hearing of the millions that would be affected.

Even our own Marcus Samuelsson hosted a brunch in this own home to raise fund for the afflicted which was then brought directly to those suffering by his lovely wife Maya.

Aside from his strong philanthropic leaning, clearly Marcus’ strong ties and origin from Ethiopia would draw his attention and earnest to help. But few times do we see someone with no direct connection pitch in to help remedy a situation (Kony campaign aside).

Thankfully, this was not the case for 9-year-old Milla Martin from Sweden. So moved from news stories and photographs of children, like herself, starving in Africa, Milla launched her own campaign to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia. Through the sales of her cinnamon buns and calling for hundreds of Swedish children to join in the campaign, Milla was able to collect more than 200.000 Kronor (about $35,000) to help the starving children in Africa.

I was able to connect with Milla and her father, Henrik for a quick interview on how she started her bake sale fundraising. Check out Milla’s story in her own words… Read More


Somali Famine Victims Afraid to Return Home

By admin | November 29, 2011

Photo: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Photos

Photo: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Photos

By: Michele Wolfson

Last Friday, we reported about how the number of famine zones in Somalia was cut in half, as U.S. and U.N. food agencies said aid had reduced death rates due to malnutrition. Since the July 20th famine declaration, these regions are slowly beginning to repair from this devastation.

But many Somali women who fled their villages have no interest in returning to their homeland. Somali women living in the town of Dolo on the Ethiopian border say they won’t return home for fear that they will not be able to provide food for themselves and their children and are afraid of violent Islamist militants invading the region. Read More


Update on East Africa and the Famine

By admin | November 21, 2011


Photo: IRIN Photos

On Friday, the number of famine zones was cut in half, as U.S. and U.N. food agencies said aid had reduced death rates due to malnutrition. In spite of this good news, 250 million Somalis are facing starvation largely because military battles are preventing food deliveries. The famine in Somalia is reported to be the worst in the world as well as the worst in the Horn of Africa since the region’s 1991-92 famine.

International aid effort has been credited with helping to decrease the food shortage. The U.S. and U.N. food agencies downgraded the famine rating in three areas of Somalia to emergency status. However, there are three other areas, including the refugee communities of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, that still remain in the famine zone. Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part III: Visiting the School

By admin | November 18, 2011


By: Maya Haile

Today I discuss the final part of my journey to Ethiopia. After giving out our donations at Togojalya, I decided to visit further deep into Somaliland. We were advised that since it was Muslim land that my arms and legs must be covered in order to be allowed to enter. I had just regular clothing so I had to improvise. I found a quick solution when we found a street tailor that could make me a quick garment. I bought the fabric and within a few moments, I had a handmade dress made from native fabric that I could wear when crossing the Muslim lands. I also had a scarf with me that I could wear, so I felt like I fit in. I was happy to be able to partake of the local culture at least with my clothing; especially being in Ethiopia and Somalia, since both cultures are so similar, so I was super happy to follow their culture.

When we went further into that area, we visited the children’s school. But their school was nothing like we know a school to be, in fact it was technically just two trees. Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part II: Distributing Food and Learning About Their Water Supply

By admin | November 14, 2011

their watering hole

By: Maya Haile

As I described in Part I of my journey, we were welcomed to Togojalya with open arms. Togojalya is comprised of 5 tribes, each comprised of 200 families, totaling 1000 families in that area. We visited one in particular named Muhammad’s Tribe, which is registered with the Ethiopian government and are more willing to accept visitors. In this case, they welcomed us since we went with good intentions to help the families affected by the famine.

At Muhammad’s tribe, we passed out our donated food to each family, about 75 kilos (165 pounds) of food; 25 kilos (55 pounds) of each grain (rice, corn, and lentils). Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part I: Finding My Way to the Famine Victims

By admin | November 10, 2011

Maya getting supplies in Ethiopia

By: Maya Haile

As many of you know, I just recently returned from my charity trip to Ethiopia. The main goal for my trip was to distribute relief to the numerous famine victims affected by the worst drought that has hit Africa in more than 60 years. With the collected funds from Marcus’ and my Brunch for the Horn, I traveled back to my homeland and with the help of kind Ethiopia people, I was able to pass out our donations in the form of much-needed food. It was good trip, although a bit risky since Marcus wasn’t with me. But at the same time I had a lot of good energy with me from all of your support and the support of our staff and I took the good energy with me to Africa.

I had an amazing experience during my trip. Read More


Update on East Africa: Rain, Rain, Hopefully More Rain

By admin | November 1, 2011

Photo: Internation Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Photo: Internation Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

By: Dylan Rodgers

People in the Horn of Africa at last felt the cool splash of rain.  The white noise of wet, percussive salvation drummed on the roofs of many drought-weary Africans last week.  I can imagine that the rainfall must have been almost alien, a forgotten comfort of the simplest sort.  There is water to drink and feed the dry, cracked earth.  People, animals, and plants alike now have some relief from the worst drought in over 60 years.  The big question is:  how much relief will this actually bring? Read More


Brunch For The Famine in Horn of Africa

By mahir | September 16, 2011

Horn of Africa Invite

SOLD OUT! Follow @MarcusCooks on Twitter to see Maya’s progress in Horn Of Africa.

The famine in East Africa is worsening, yet it receives little mainstream news coverage. In just one short month, the number of famine regions in Somalia declared by the United Nations has risen from four to six! Hundreds of thousands of East Africans are at risk of starvation as climate conditions worsen in that area. Also, with news of aid for famine victims not reaching affected areas because of insurgents, many of us in the West and other areas are wary of donating money to nonprofit organizations. I am a huge supporter of the relief efforts currently in place by the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF, and they do a phenomenal job, but I also want to make a more personal impact in relief efforts for famine victims in East Africa, especially in my homeland of Ethiopia.

That is why I would like to invite you and your loved ones to join me for a special brunch, “Brunch for the Horn of Africa,” taking place at my home in Harlem to raise money for the famine. Read More


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