Data Sheet
Washington, DC
July 21, 2011

The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for response efforts in the Horn of Africa can be found at

Cash donations are encouraged because they allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed (often in the affected region); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transportation routes, staff time, and warehouse space); can be transferred very quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate assistance. You can also donate in an instant by texting: Text A-I-D to 27722 ($10 donation)

For more information on the situation in the Horn of Africa, please visit the following links: