East Africa crisis appeal

Severe drought across the Horn of Africa has left over 13 million people in urgent need of food, water and basic facilities. Please donate and help continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of East Africa.

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Caritas' response

Caritas Australia has a long history of responding to emergencies in East Africa. We provide emergency food supplies, access to clean drinking water and livelihood opportunities to thousands of people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In 2011, severe drought across the Horn of Africa left over 13 million people in urgent need of food, water and basic facilities. Successive seasons of failed rains combined with increasing food prices, conflict, and in some cases limited humanitarian access, resulted in food insecurity, water shortages and widespread malnutrition throughout much of East Africa. In light of the crisis, the Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced the $4$ initiative, where every dollar that was donated by the public to aid organisations the Australian Government would match. The initiative ran from October 2011 – November 2011. During this time Caritas raised $1.3 million dollars which was matched by the Australian Government.

November 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the Government's $4$ initiative which enabled Caritas Australia to support four lifesaving programs across Kenya and Ethiopia.

Kenya

By December 2011, 3.8 million Kenyans were severely affected by drought and in need of assistance. In response, Caritas Australia is implementing a range of short and long-term assistance programs, including:

  • In Kenya alone, Caritas has provided 579,563 drought affected people with emergency assistance.
  • Four programs supported by the Australian Government through the $4$ initiative and the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement focussing on lifesaving drought recovery assistance.
  • 71,562 people, in 11,927 households, have improved access to water, livestock health and better post-harvest management.
  • 1744 drought affected households in an effort to restore their livelihood assets, adopt better livestock management practices and have improved food security.
  • 10,360 households will be better positioned to manage their water resources and better maintain both human and livestock through cost-effective business and financial accountability management, training and equipping of community water technicians.
  • Latrines, hygiene kits and a solid waste disposal and drainage system were provided in the Kambioos refugee camp
  • Veterinary care for 15,000 cattle to protect people’s livelihoods.

Somalia

By December 2011, 250,000 Somalis were at risk of starvation, 4 million were severely affected and 1.5 million people were internally displaced. In response, Caritas Australia is implementing a range of short and long-term assistance programs, including:

  • Food relief to 7,000 people, including 1,400 children
  • Supplementary nutrition to over 4,000 new mothers, children and elderly people
  • Access to clean water for 70,000 semi-nomadic people in Eastern Somaliland.

Eritrea

Emergency food aid was provided to approximately 50,000 families vulnerable to malnutrition because of severe drought. This support will most likely continue until at least 2013.

Ethiopia

By December 2011, 4.6 million Ethiopians were severely affected by drought. Caritas has helped improve food security, nutrition, income and access to basic services in drought affected eastern, southern and northern Ethiopia. In response, Caritas Australia is implementing a range of short and long-term assistance programs, including:

  • Food relief to over 80,000 people
  • $4$ initiative supported Emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Interventions in Drought-Affected Somali and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia
  • By the end of the year, Caritas has successfully provided sustainable access to potable water and sanitation to 6,636 vulnerable households (33,180 individuals)
  • Veterinary care for cattle to protect the livelihoods of 25,000 households.

Background

Successive seasons of failed rains, combined with increasing food prices, conflict, and in some cases limited humanitarian access, have resulted in food insecurity, water shortages and widespread malnutrition throughout much of the Horn of Africa.

Millions of people, mainly from Somalia have fled to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, arriving in shocking health and nutritional condition. One-third of children under 5 in Southern Somalia alone are severely malnourished and the situation has deteriorated so badly that the United Nations (UN) has declared a famine in parts of Somalia.

It has been a big year for the Horn of Africa and Caritas Australia but with support from the Australian Government, Baptist World Aid Australia and the Australian community, over $7.7 million was raised for our East Africa Crisis Appeal. 1.1 million people were reached in East Africa through critical relief and recovery support from Caritas Australia.

Looking ahead whilst the region is facing more secure times there is still a great need present in many of the countries for basic services, food and water.


How you can help

Kenyan girl in a refugee camp

Donate to our General Emergency Fund to help us respond to disasters whenever and wherever they strike


Caritas Australia is mandated to deliver at least 92% of all funds raised in emergencies to the emergency in question.