CWS emergency appeal update: East Africa drought
The East African drought continues to deepen, and an estimated 13.2 million people are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Two years of failed rains have produced the most severe drought in the region since 1950.
Appeal # 642-L
Workers prepare sacks of food at an emergency distribution made possible by the Anglican Church of Kenya and Church World Service.
Amount of funds received as of Sept. 30, 2011: $283,484
The East African drought continues to deepen, and an estimated 13.2 million people are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Two years of failed rains have produced the most severe drought in the region since 1950. The failure of harvests and the death of livestock have led to malnutrition rates in excess of 30 percent in most drought-stricken areas, according to the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission.
CWS has expanded emergency food distributions through local partners in Kenya's Eastern Province. In Mwingi district, funds from CWS have enabled the Kitui Diocese of the Anglican Church of Kenya to distribute corn, beans, salt and cooking oil to 1,107 households so far. Many residents who are receiving food are carrying out projects to conserve topsoil and water, such as removing silt from sand dams that will store water during the next rainy season.
CWS Support of ACT Alliance work
Through the ACT Alliance, CWS is supporting partner organizations in providing food, water and other emergency aid in many areas of Ethiopia and Somalia, including Somali refugee camps in Kenya.
Details of the ACT Alliance response in Somalia are available online at http://bit.ly/noMLMJ.
How to Help
Contributions to support the CWS relief response may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 and designated for the Horn of Africa appeal (642-L).