In October, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced the government will match every dollar donated by the public for the people suffering in the Horn of Africa. This initiative proved a success.
Through the “dollar for dollar” initiative, Australia has raised more than $25 million to help provide clean water, proper sanitation, vaccinations against cholera and measles, and food to families in the Horn of Africa – $12.7 million of which came from the public.
The fund is a welcome addition to the Australian government’s existing contribution of $128 million to the region, including $98 million in humanitarian assistance and $30 million for food.
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