The Bake Sale for Somalia was a big success in our office. We were able to raise $1500 that will be donated via our EHG Fund to UNICEF to benefit the refugees of Somalia. Members from all departments participated, Lori (Client Services Manager) baked delicious brownies and cookies, Asef (Content Writer) baked blondies and Texas sheet cake for the sale, and Sidra (Social Media Coordinator) whipped up some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. All the baked goods were a hit and we were really excited to have raised so much for the Somali refugees.
Here are some of the highlights of our bake sale:
Home made items for the bake sale: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Brownies, Blondies & Cookies
Here are some more photos of staff enjoying the baked goods:
Emilia, Asef & Nathaniel enjoy treats from the bake sale
Overall, the entire office was happy to join in and it was a nice way to enjoy baked goods for an incredible cause. We were all overjoyed at the final count (which included a match by the Sales Manager, Ken, and a match by the EHG Fund as well).
Reading about the devastation in Somalia touched our hearts and we knew we had to do something. Families escape Somalia on foot, with what little possessions they have, often traveling anywhere between 21 and 40 days to reach refugee camps. Their journey is treacherous as they face hunger, little to no water, scorching heat and thieves. Many do not survive the trip.
The U.N. refugee agency announced Tuesday that child mortality rates at a camp for Somali refugees in Ethiopia have reached “alarming” levels. An average of 10 children under the age of 5 years have died every day since June at the Kobe camp. Acute malnutrition, compounded by a measles outbreak, is believed to be the cause.” Read More here: http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/08/22/22climatewire-african-drought-victims-create-worlds-larges-97673.html
Refugees entering camps, photo courtesy of BBC
We can go on about the devastation, but truly, we can’t know what’s going on without being there. What we do know is this region badly needs funds. According to the BBC, the UN refugee head Antonio Guterres has said this is a “human tragedy of unimaginable proportions.” The EHG Fund is collecting donations here on our Facebook page. Additionally, all donations made up until the end of September will be sent directly to Somalia by the EHG Fund.
We also encourage offices to host fundraisers and awareness in their offices to benefit the Somali refugees. Visit www.EHGFund.org for more information about the EHG Fund.