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A new public service announcement focuses on the work of a charity fighting poverty in Kenya in the face of violence.

New PSA Highlights Charity Fighting Poverty in Kenya

A new public service announcement focuses on the work of a charity fighting poverty in the slums of Kenya. ChildsLife International, based in the Netherlands, is dedicated to finding "practical solutions to improve the lives of needy children around the world."

ChildsLife runs the Stara School in Kenya which has more than 500 children attending, many of them orphans and suffering from AIDS. The Stara School is located in the Kibera slum of one million people.

ChildsLife partners with the United Nations World Food Programme to provide meals to the children attending Stara. With so many children living in poverty in Kibera, ChildsLife would like to see school meal programs expanded to reach more of those in need. Without food and education these children have no chance to reverse the cycle of poverty.

The challenges to deliver life-changing aid have been numerous for ChildsLife. Earlier this year post-election violence in Kenya forced the temporary closing of the Stara School along with its meal program. Families in Kibera were devastated by the violence. Homes were burned, taking with them the few possessions the families owned. Women and children were beaten. Entire businesses and the hope of breaking out of poverty were lost in almost an instant. ChildsLife responded with emergency packets of food and supplies to these families. Even the dangerous conditions did not stop ChildsLife from distributing aid. But more challenges awaited with the increase of food prices across the globe.

The charity is looking for ways to reach more donors. They have recently begun accepting donations via Paypal. Public support is crucial for charities like ChildsLife at this critical time with no end in sight to high food prices. For more information about ChildsLife International please visit the organization's website.

The PSA is available on Youtube and is also available to television stations that wish to air the 30 second spot. Craig Burnett provided the narration for the PSA.

About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.

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