Emergency Update: East Africa Crisis

Often we hear about global emergencies from the news as they happen and as help begins to arrive. But we rarely have the opportunity to learn about how the money raised has helped.

In the East Africa crisis, CAFOD supporters have raised almost £5m.

Thanks to your generosity, we are:

• providing emergency food aid improving water supplies

• supporting pastoralists, who rely on livestock for a living

• helping people rebuild their lives for the long term

We are now entering the recovery phase of our response, in which we will help drought-affected communities make a living for the long term, and this is what that money is providing:

In Ethiopia

People in Borana, Ethiopia re-dig a traditional deep well. Helping build resilience to future droughts is a vital part of our response to the crisis.
[Photo: Kibnesh Chala/CAFOD]

Emergency food aid (including cash or food for work projects) for more than 36,000 people.

Clean water for more than 18,000 people, and water-points that will deliver clean water to 120,000 more.

We have also bought more than 9,500 weak animals that would otherwise die, ensuring an income for the pastoralists who own them, and supplying fresh meat to more than 24,000 people. 

In Somalia

We have provided emergency food aid for more than 5,400 vulnerable people in some of the worst-affected areas of Somalia. In the next phase of our response, we will provide food for 9,000 more.

In South Sudan

Emergency food packs containing cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt for more than 30,000 people.

[Picture by: Emma Clark/CAFOD]

Ayapan, a greatgrandmother in north-west Kenya says:

“I am very grateful to all those who support us. I believe that God can do miracles and that things will get better. That’s what keeps me going.”

In Kenya

Food aid for more than 133,928 people through provision of cash or direct food supplies.

Water-points that will deliver clean water to more than 30,000 people.

New livestock or veterinary support benefiting more than 14,000 people.

CAFOD’s Fergus Conmee said:

“We have been overwhelmed by the compassion of Catholics in England and Wales. Their generosity has made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people facing this devastating drought.

Although the most recent rains were better in most areas, the crisis is not yet over. We will continue to provide food and water in remote communities where it’s urgently needed – but we are also helping people to find new ways of making a living, and to cope better with future droughts.” 

There are a number of ways to donate

  • Online, via the CAFOD website
  • By telephone: 0500 858 885
  • By post (send your cheque to: CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB)
You can also follow the progress of CAFOD’s work on Facebook and Twitter!


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