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The Weeknd's XO Humanitarian Fund

Goodwill Ambassador Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye launched the XO Humanitarian Fund to help millions of people on the brink of famine. Help The Weeknd send lifesaving food to the world's hungriest people today.

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The Weeknd presents $5 million to World Food Program USA President and CEO Barron Segar.

The Weeknd & Partners Raise $5 Million to Fight Global Hunger

Since the launch of the XO Humanitarian Fund in March 2022, WFP and its Goodwill Ambassador The Weeknd have raised $5 million. These funds will provide food and support to millions of people experiencing severe hunger across the globe. The first allotment will go towards emergency food and nutrition programs in northern Ethiopia.

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Violent conflict in northern Ethiopia and a drought crisis in country’s southern regions have driven millions of families into devastating levels of severe hunger. An estimated 18% of the entire country (roughly 20 million people) face acute hunger. At a time when rising needs could soon outstrip resources, the first tranche from the XO Humanitarian Fund will provide critical support to two WFP programs in northern Ethiopia: emergency food assistance for nearly 60,000 people in conflict-affected areas and nutritional support for more than 16,000 malnourished children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Overall, these funds will help reach more than 75,000 people across northern Ethiopia.

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The Weeknd Raises $5M Through the XO Humanitarian Fund

The Weeknd and WFP announce that $5 million has been raised through the XO Humanitarian Fund. The funds will bolster WFP's efforts to fight global hunger, with the first allotment going towards operations in Ethiopia.

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What's Happening in Ethiopia?

As the son of Ethiopian immigrants, the recent conflict has had a strong impact on The Weeknd. Learn about the crisis in Northern Ethiopia and why The Weeknd is using his voice to speak out on global hunger.

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