Jo Butler, Deputy Director of UNCTAD's Africa and Least Developed Countries' division founded a non-profit association called "The Ethiopian Food Appeal" in 2001, to raise funds to help school children profoundly affected by the drought.
The Ethiopian Food Appeal contributes to a wonderful effort called Artists for Charity, an organization that has created a home for 16 HIV positive orphans who lost their parents to AIDS.
The founders of the charity are young artists who support the home through the sale of their artwork. They live with the children and have become their surrogate parents. The children (ages 7-16) are disciplined, talented, socially aware and absolutely a joy to be with.