Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Today IS "FWD Day" For The Horn Of Africa

USAID, Ad Council launch campaign to raise awareness and relief funds...
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ad Council have dubbed today as "FWD Day for the Horn of Africa." The goal is to get 13.3 million FWDs (tweets, posts, shares, etc. on social media such as YouTube and Twitter) for the 13.3 million people affected by the ongoing famine. There's also a donation element, through phone text messaging. Click here to read USAID's blog post about today's effort.

From USAID's press release:

The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, the worst famine in 20, and non-stop violence. The total number of people impacted, 13.3 million, is greater than the populations of New York City and Los Angeles combined.

In a recent survey conducted, nearly 60% of Americans said they did not know about or were unaware of the crisis. In response, USAID, in partnership with Ad Council, launched its first-ever public awareness campaign, FWD (Famine. War. Drought.), to galvanize a nationwide effort to get more people involved in providing relief to those affected.

Today, Americans can make a big difference by taking part in FWD Day by spreading awareness and ensuring that the crisis no longer goes overlooked. People can participate in FWD Day by:

(1) Tweeting with the #FWD hash-tag, sharing updates from the USAID Facebook page and telling people about www.usaid.gov/FWD.

(2) Texting "GIVE" to 777444 to donate $10 to a consortium of 8 NGOs working in the Horn of Africa.

(3) Visiting USAID's YouTube channel and upload your own FWD call to action.

For more information about USAID and the FWD Campaign visit www.usaid.gov/FWD.
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