Feed the Starving in Turkana Africa

$97,451 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,037 people in 18 months
Jonathan Otto
on behalf of Lori Otto
 SANTEE, CA
Last week I had a friend send me a picture of man that died of starvation. He had an empty water bottle in his hand. I asked him where he got the picture and he said he took it with his phone and that it was along the route home for him back from work. It was literally taken on his phone. It horrified me that this poor man would have suffered so much and that he died, not because of a lack of food, because food is available in this world, and in this country, but it was for lack of love; love in action.

About 3 days later my wife and I booked a ticket to Kenya and I got on the a flight the following day. And I brought my right hand man, filmmaker Eithel Krauss who made the sacrifice to come out to use his gifts to capture what's happening here. My wife, Lori Otto has had the dream to change lives in Africa and this is the fulfillment of that vision. She is a volunteer, and helping to lead this volunteer mission. We have 5 people on the ground volunteering, and Lori is coordinating that effort and the needs of that operation. 

I have been consulting with the locals here as to where the most effected regions and individuals are. We will be seeing the work of groups making a difference, as well as documenting the needs to communicate to the world how we can turn the tide in these affected regions. We believe that the use of professional documentary films is the avenue to give a powerful message to the world that will help to change the future for these people. 

Over the past few days, to one of the 3 village communities I visited, I asked if they had any cases of people that you fear will die from hunger. They were kind enough to not point to themselves but start pointing to each other. They brought to me 18 women that were skin and bone. The 2 women stretched their arms out to me and said, through my translator, 'feel my arms and my hands. I'm not sick with a disease. I am dying because of starvation. Thank you for your support and the support of your friends, but please assist us more'.

One of these women showed me her belly and her back and I felt so sick in my stomach that I thought I was going to throw up. I've never had that happen like that before. I chose to hold her hands and look into her eyes, instead of turning away, and that sick feeling surfaced and outburst of tears... it was the feeling of crying when I was a young boy. The people are so tough that their response was confusion and bunch of people laughed. They're not used to expressing emotion, and I think that's largely because they have to conceal their emotions so often not to demoralize. (One group I asked when the last time was that they had a meal when they could eat as much as they like, and I expected an answer of some months, and they told me 10 years. Which is another reason why farming is the answer).

Now, for this picture. So, my intention was to make sure that no one is left to starve. So I asked is there anyone you know of that you fear will die very soon? They told us where to go and we drove up the dry river bed a mile or so and found this man within an inch of his life. The people said they fear he could die any day.

In fact the village community we were at an hour before this actually showed me the grave sites of those that had just died within a couple of weeks. One grandmother was holding a baby telling of the death of her daughter. I found out that the famine hit her so hard because she had a 1 week old baby, and was breast feeding, and there wasn't enough nutrition for the both of them. The babies name is Jeremiah. He is 3 weeks old now and being looked after by an old lady, his grandmother, that is in total despair. She cried when talking to me. Of the 5 times I've been here in Africa that was one of the only times I've seen a person cry openly.

By taking action we can create a compelling message that can have such an impact as to force a government to live up to it's promises as they see the spirit of love. We need to show these people that the world has not forgotten and we are not going to let them suffer and die.

As I write this from the small hotel I'm staying in, under a mosquito net, I'm processing all of these emotions. I've been indifferent to the suffering of people I don't know so often in my life but I allowed myself to look into this and I can't help myself from having the tears well up, and from feeling my throat choke up.

Still love is only known through action. Please share this message, and please help to get the word out. 

If you close your eyes, and block your ears you can still feel the cry for help.

I'll be giving updates and getting the word out on the contribution those are making to help make history. People knowing about you raising your hand just inspires them to raise theirs. But remember we've got to act fast. If we don't do something we're about to see to see much worse things. It gets even harder when it's young children. 

Please consider making a decision to make a difference today by supporting Lori and I to help these precious people in Kenya through this mission.
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Alison Lindstrom
18 months ago
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There are billions of dollars for these suffering people but there are so many corrupt governments, officials and military that these people suffer and die by the thousands every day. It's not for lack of love on the part of world but the those in charge in these countries..

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Elijah Young
17 months ago
3
3

Could someone help me

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Lynn Denise
18 months ago
3
3

I'm just so thrilled to see the outcome of this gofundme page. From little things big things grow....Blessed be. ❤

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Samal Etubon
17 months ago
1
1

May God bless all of you for standing with these starving people. I thank you a lot for prolonging these peoples lives.

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Ruso Palavandishvili
17 months ago
1
1

unforyunately,every day,every minute thousands of people die.issues like hunger, illness and thirst are both causes and effects of poverty. While not having access to water means that you are poor, being poor also means that you may not be able to afford water or food either. In other words, issues such as housing, poor health, child abuse and neglect can be both a symptom and a cause of poverty later on. ...finally i want to say that life is too much short and we must help each other as it's possible because we don't know whats happen in our life and what life prepare us in the future... :))

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Amma Solomon
17 months ago
1
1

Well, Africa is the most beautiful continent. ... Africa is probably the most misunderstood continent on Earth. ... Africa, when you travel there, is a far more interesting, complex, beautiful place than 99% of the media ... But it's simplistic to assume corruption exists everywhere. We’ll be honest here; many countries, politicians and people in Africa are more than a little corrupt. But it’s simplistic to assume corruption exists everywhere and with everyone.Corruption is rapidly becoming part of us especially in Africa. I'm from Ethiopia, "Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation. In Ethiopia for instance you cannot get a job or a place in school if you don't corrupt someone in higher authority. We all have a part to play in order to eradicate this vice. I think corruption in most African countries takes place within the civil service. Civil servants are poorly paid and are forced to subsidize their income through corruption. Corruption is as integral to humanity as greed. Corruption is chronic. It will take time before we see it go away. There are still some honest, hardworking, sincere and committed Africans around the world. When such people are in power, you will see the change in Africa. Until then so many innocent people suffers. So much so that Jesus spoke and thought about money more than he did any other topic! God knows that greed will destroy us. God help us!!!

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Cheryl Luna
8 months ago

PLEASE HELP OUR PEOPLE FIRST. HERE IN UNITED STATES WE HAVE HUNGRY KIDS

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Donovan Simon
5 months ago

We have FoodBanks in America and MediCaid/WellFare. What donations could we possibly need? Let me guess you want free housing too? Sure, they got you there Social Security combined with Section 8 will give you that. Plus Food Stamps gives you your food without counting against Social Security. What more could you possibly ask for exactly? I definitely support the notion of donating to other countries in need. My only issue is that a lot of money goes into putting food and supplies in the hands of the suffering or the ones in need.. The problem is that a lot of these goods make these cultures more of a target than they once were. Sometimes not only does it make them a target but there have been reports where donated supplies to some hostile countries have been stolen by certain militia / gang forces... We should all remember to help one another whenever we can if we spread that trend it will do good for our country in the long run. This will benefit all our other efforts and causes to help other countries as well if we enforce our own country with a stronger community. Don't throw away money and hope it does something. Stand up and do something and find a way to volunteer your time to the community. Work with those who are suffering or troubled and help guide the ones willing to receive it the path to get treatment or find solutions to their problems if it is financial or whatever it may be there is always a way... I think that is a reasonable suggestion, what do you people think?

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Jennifer Covert Mullins
5 months ago

Who are your people Cheryl Luna and why are they more important than any other people?

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Judith
8 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/unAngelennuestrocamino. please help donate and share

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Amma Solomon
17 months ago

@Alison Lindstrom- I agree, you are absolutely right.

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Kevin Moore
2 months ago

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Praise God for your efforts and the act of walking in love towards the least of these. With our love.

TK
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Tracy Karkheck
5 months ago

Thank you for doing such great work!

Alison Lindstrom
18 months ago
6
6

There are billions of dollars for these suffering people but there are so many corrupt governments, officials and military that these people suffer and die by the thousands every day. It's not for lack of love on the part of world but the those in charge in these countries..

+ Read More
Elijah Young
17 months ago
3
3

Could someone help me

+ Read More
Lynn Denise
18 months ago
3
3

I'm just so thrilled to see the outcome of this gofundme page. From little things big things grow....Blessed be. ❤

+ Read More
Samal Etubon
17 months ago
1
1

May God bless all of you for standing with these starving people. I thank you a lot for prolonging these peoples lives.

+ Read More
Ruso Palavandishvili
17 months ago
1
1

unforyunately,every day,every minute thousands of people die.issues like hunger, illness and thirst are both causes and effects of poverty. While not having access to water means that you are poor, being poor also means that you may not be able to afford water or food either. In other words, issues such as housing, poor health, child abuse and neglect can be both a symptom and a cause of poverty later on. ...finally i want to say that life is too much short and we must help each other as it's possible because we don't know whats happen in our life and what life prepare us in the future... :))

+ Read More
Amma Solomon
17 months ago
1
1

Well, Africa is the most beautiful continent. ... Africa is probably the most misunderstood continent on Earth. ... Africa, when you travel there, is a far more interesting, complex, beautiful place than 99% of the media ... But it's simplistic to assume corruption exists everywhere. We’ll be honest here; many countries, politicians and people in Africa are more than a little corrupt. But it’s simplistic to assume corruption exists everywhere and with everyone.Corruption is rapidly becoming part of us especially in Africa. I'm from Ethiopia, "Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation. In Ethiopia for instance you cannot get a job or a place in school if you don't corrupt someone in higher authority. We all have a part to play in order to eradicate this vice. I think corruption in most African countries takes place within the civil service. Civil servants are poorly paid and are forced to subsidize their income through corruption. Corruption is as integral to humanity as greed. Corruption is chronic. It will take time before we see it go away. There are still some honest, hardworking, sincere and committed Africans around the world. When such people are in power, you will see the change in Africa. Until then so many innocent people suffers. So much so that Jesus spoke and thought about money more than he did any other topic! God knows that greed will destroy us. God help us!!!

+ Read More
Cheryl Luna
8 months ago

PLEASE HELP OUR PEOPLE FIRST. HERE IN UNITED STATES WE HAVE HUNGRY KIDS

+ Read More
Donovan Simon
5 months ago

We have FoodBanks in America and MediCaid/WellFare. What donations could we possibly need? Let me guess you want free housing too? Sure, they got you there Social Security combined with Section 8 will give you that. Plus Food Stamps gives you your food without counting against Social Security. What more could you possibly ask for exactly? I definitely support the notion of donating to other countries in need. My only issue is that a lot of money goes into putting food and supplies in the hands of the suffering or the ones in need.. The problem is that a lot of these goods make these cultures more of a target than they once were. Sometimes not only does it make them a target but there have been reports where donated supplies to some hostile countries have been stolen by certain militia / gang forces... We should all remember to help one another whenever we can if we spread that trend it will do good for our country in the long run. This will benefit all our other efforts and causes to help other countries as well if we enforce our own country with a stronger community. Don't throw away money and hope it does something. Stand up and do something and find a way to volunteer your time to the community. Work with those who are suffering or troubled and help guide the ones willing to receive it the path to get treatment or find solutions to their problems if it is financial or whatever it may be there is always a way... I think that is a reasonable suggestion, what do you people think?

+ Read More
Jennifer Covert Mullins
5 months ago

Who are your people Cheryl Luna and why are they more important than any other people?

+ Read More
Judith
8 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/unAngelennuestrocamino. please help donate and share

+ Read More
Amma Solomon
17 months ago

@Alison Lindstrom- I agree, you are absolutely right.

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