PRESCOTT - The Vista Hermosa Foundation has committed $1 million in emergency relief funds to address the urgent needs of people in East Africa, according from a news release from the Foundation. The contribution will be split evenly between Catholic Relief Services and World Vision to support ongoing efforts in the region.
The drought and famine being experienced throughout the Horn of Africa are considered the worst in 60 years.
The countries most heavily impacted by the lack of rainfall include Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The financial donation will help bolster the humanitarian activities and programs already being implemented by Catholic Relief Services and World Vision.
The Vista Hermosa Foundation is a family foundation started in 1990 by Ralph and Cheryl Broetje. The foundation uses profits generated from Broetje Orchards to serve children and under-served communities, both at home and around the world.
"The goal of our foundation and our business is to grow self-sustaining communities," said Suzanne Broetje, executive director.
"As farmers ourselves, we know the challenges associated with growing food and caring for the land. When natural disasters strike, we seek to stand alongside vulnerable families so that they may feed their families, regain their ability to farm the land, and build their resilience for the future. Catholic Relief Services and World Vision both share that long-term commitment to change," Broetje was quoted in the press release.
For more information about the charities the foundation is supporting visit their websites, www.worldvision.org and www.crs.org.
To learn more about Broetje Orchards, visit www.firstfruits.com.