How your support is making a difference in East Africa

26 Jun 17

News last week that South Sudan has been declared famine free by the United Nations is a positive step forward in the ongoing food crisis across East Africa, though the situation there is still critical.

Two million people are on the brink of starvation in South Sudan, with an estimated six million people facing extreme food insecurity over the coming weeks.

Urgent assistance is also still needed for other countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Sudan.

What this this news about South Sudan highlights though, is how important aid is in during a humanitarian crisis and it is because of your support that life-saving food and water is able to be delivered to those who need it the most.

We would like to thank all of our supporters who have donated to our Africa Emergency Appeal over the last few months. Your generosity is making a real difference and allowing us to reach thousands of people across East Africa.

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Photo: Caritas Australia

Photo: Caritas Australia

What your donation is doing

Through the Caritas Internationalis network, Caritas Australia is currently working to support 585,105 people across Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Our office in Nairobi, Kenya is continuing to work with our local partners in the region and the wider Caritas Internationalis network to assess and monitor exact needs of communities impacted.

The overall Caritas relief effort has a focus on distribution of food aid, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), shelter livelihoods and sustainable food production.

In South Sudan, Caritas Internationalis is funding 70 projects aimed at helping more than 480,000 people. Caritas is addressing critical WASH needs for 4,000 households, including things like hygiene promotion, hygiene kit distribution, toilet construction and cholera prevention activities.

Through the wider Caritas network, we are working to support over 85,000 people in Kenya and 70,000 in Malawi. Our support will continue through providing clean water, food items such as beans, sugar, salt and oil, sanitation supplies and other emergency items.

Your donations to Caritas Australia are also helping the people of Somalia. The situation there has escalated in recent months, with 6.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. We are providing funds to our sister agency Trócaire who are working on humanitarian effort in Somalia.

We thank you all again for your generosity and kindness towards the people affected by this crisis.

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