Africa Emergency Appeal
Climate emergency, conflict and communicable disease outbreaks across Africa continue to bring hardship to vulnerable communities. In some parts of the continent, communities are facing a ‘triple whammy’: food insecurity, displacement due to conflict and disease outbreaks.
Thanks to our generous supporters, Caritas’ network is in a unique position to assist and accompany vulnerable communities before, during and after a crisis – along with an unmatched outreach through the Church presence, schools and healthcare infrastructures.
By donating to the Africa Emergency Appeal, you will help vulnerable communities needing immediate assistance.
Caritas response to food insecurity in Africa
As seasonal rainfalls become more unpredictable and the incidence of drought increases, crops are failing and communities become exposed to food insecurity.
As a direct result of conflict, massive numbers of people are currently displaced within their own countries or seeking refuge elsewhere. Once displaced, families struggle to meet their basic needs such as shelter, food & water, health care and education for their children. Their needs often place greater stress on the host communities who are often struggling themselves.
Through a uniquely deep reach into vulnerable communities, with our partner agencies in Africa, Caritas Australia’s network is working to assist over half a million people across Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan and Sudan.
With the help of our supporters, we are providing emergency relief and assistance to the people who are the most affected and need it most. Local and international Caritas Australia’s partner agencies are on the ground providing:
- clean water
- food items such as beans, sugar, salt, oil and maize flour
- sanitation supplies
- other emergency supplies
We are continuing to monitor the needs throughout the region and will update our response as the situation develops. We also support 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.
Your compassionate support will help save lives and also protect communities to ensure they are more resilient in the case of future emergencies.
Caritas response to the global health emergency
In the villages of northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the scars of conflict and extreme poverty are all too visible. In this context, the deadly and highly contagious Ebola, which has claimed over 1,800 lives in the past year spread fear across the country and the region, is a crisis within a crisis.
Recently, the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the city of Goma, with the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”. This emergency provision has only been enacted four times previously, but considerations such as the size of the city of Goma and its location on the border with Rwanda means the United Nations have deemed the confirmed case to be a “potential game-changer”.
Fighting Ebola means spreading the message – teaching people the signs and symptoms and how to prevent the disease from spreading further.
There is a vaccine available, but many communities fear the vaccine is poison. A key part of Caritas’ work in DRC is to spread the public health messages by building trust in communities – one of the main barriers for aid agencies.
Your support will help us to reach out to thousands of people.
How you can help
Your donation will help 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.
Funds raised from Caritas Australia’s Africa Emergency Appeal will be used to support emergency response activities across the affected countries in Africa. 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 Africa.