Africa emergency appeal
16 million people are currently on the brink of famine in South Sudan and other areas of East Africa. Your urgent donation will help Caritas Australia deliver life-saving food and water to people most in need in South Sudan, Kenya and Malawi.
On February 20, the United Nations officially declared famine in parts of South Sudan, with 40% of the population in urgent need of food.
Women and children are most at risk in South Sudan where 270,000 children are severely malnourished and at immediate risk of starvation.
Urgent assistance is needed now, to respond in South Sudan, and neighbouring countries experiencing severe drought and food insecurity, including Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Ethiopia.
This crisis could potentially be the worst since the Ethiopian famine of 1984.
Read a statement from the South Sudan Council of Churches, labelling the famine man-made.
Your support will help us to reach out to thousands of people.
This major crisis has been driven by large scale droughts, compounded by climate change, inflation and ongoing conflict in some countries. Millions are now without water and sustainable livelihoods.
Caritas response to East Africa Food Crisis
The global Caritas network is providing emergency assistance to the people who are the most affected. Local and international Caritas partner agencies are on the ground providing water and food items such as beans, sugar, salt, oil and maize flour.
Caritas Australia's uniquely deep reach into vulnerable communities through our partner agencies in South Sudan, Kenya and Malawi, is delivering emergency relief to the people who need it most. We are continuing to monitor the needs throughout the region and will update our response as the situation develops.
Our work in East Africa
Caritas Australia supports long-term development programs across South Sudan, Kenya and Malawi, with a focus on food security, sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, gender and child protection.
How you can help
Your donation will help Caritas Australia continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Africa. Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.
Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413
The Caritas network has a large footprint across the African continent. Caritas Australia supports emergency response activities as well as building the resilience of communities. Many in the region are food insecure and Caritas Australia supported activities will ensure communities can prepare and respond better to future drought and the rise of unpredictable weather patterns resulting from climate change.
Funds raised from Caritas Australia’s Africa Emergency Appeal will be applied to emergency response activities across the affected countries. If funds raised exceed the immediate needs for this crisis, they will be maintained in our Africa Emergency Appeal Fund to enable Caritas Australia to respond to ongoing needs and future crises in the Africa region.