Over $1 Million Raised on GoFundMe for Somali Famine Relief in Less Than 24 Hours
Jérôme Jarre, Ben Stiller, YouTubers Casey Neistat and Juanpa Zurita, and others raise $1 million to aid Somalia’s humanitarian crisis
Redwood City, California | March 18, 2016 — Yesterday, Jérôme Jarre along with Ben Stiller, Juanpa Zurita, and Casey Neistat launched a GoFundMe to fill a Turkish Airlines flight to Somalia with food. In just one day, they have already raised over $1 million to help those affected by the famine.
"In less than 24 hours, ‘Love Army For Somalia’ has been shared tens of thousands of times and has quickly become a powerful movement around the world. Donors from 125 countries have united to help those in need in Somalia, so far raising over $1 million. GoFundMe has donated $50,000 to show our full support of this important effort. We are grateful be a part of the #LoveArmyForSomalia,” said Rob Solomon, CEO and Chairman of GoFundMe.
The first flight to Somalia is planned for March 27, and later flights will continue to send supplies. The campaign organizers are teaming up with the American Refugee Committee’s team on the ground to distribute the goods, which will include rice, vegetable cooking oil, nutritional biscuits, flour, sugar, and porridge. The funds raised will also be used to deliver water trucks.
To date, Love Army For Somalia has raised over $1 million from over 39,000 donors in 125 countries around the world. We encourage the GoFundMe community to continue to support this important cause.