Scarborough elementary school students joined emergency-relief GlobalMedic and the International Development Relief Foundation (IDRF) to prepare emergency kits to support about 600 families affected by the famine and drought in Somalia on Monday.
Students from grades one to eight packed the kits, which include essential ready-to-use supplementary food, oral dehydration sachets, hygiene — and a Rainfresh Household Water Purification Unit that will provide a family with safe drinking water for the entire year — at the Islamic Institute of Toronto.
Their efforts came as the federal government announced it will match donations made by Canadians to registered Canadian charities from March 17 to June 30 this year for the famine crisis in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
What is happening in Somalia is there are 6.7 million people that are in dire need of assistance because of the famine.
said Rahul Singh, the Director of GlobalMedic.