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Government Will Double Public Donations To The East Africa Crisis Appeal
In response to the unprecedented public support for the Disasters Emergency Committee East Africa Crisis Appeal, this weekend the UK Government will match pound for pound the next £5 million donated by the public.

This is in addition to the £5 million match funding already donated by the UK Government which helped Britain raise a phenomenal £12 million for the DEC appeal in just 24 hours.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said:

"I want to say a huge thank you to the British people. Once again, the life-saving generosity of the British public has exceeded all expectations with their response to this vital cause. I've seen first-hand how every penny really does make a huge difference to saving lives across East Africa. That's why the Government will double donations up to £5 million this weekend to make your money go even further.

"The Great British public has acted without hesitation to stop people dying of famine and hunger. Right now UK funded aid is reaching those most in need with food, water and emergency healthcare. Now it's time for the international community to step up and follow Global Britain's lead before it's too late."

Children reach to have their fingers dipped in ink as part of a WFP/FAO food distribution supported by UK aid in Leer County, South Sudan. Picture: George Fominyen
This new support will double the impact of the public's own donations up to an additional £5 million and ensure that charities working on the ground can reach even more people in need.

This brings total UK Government match funding for the DEC Appeal to £10 million.

The UK's support will go directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal and provide vital and life-saving emergency supplies.

The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 13 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries. By working together we can raise more money to save lives and rebuild shattered communities.

Donations can be made at www.dec.org.uk or by calling 0370 60 60 610.

£25 could provide a month's supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child.
£60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month.
£100 could provide supplies to a clinic treating severely malnourished children for a week.
Government Will Double Public Donations To The East Africa Crisis Appeal, 18th March 2017, 9:00 AM