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Ayak Bol, a mother of five in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, says she can no longer breast feed her 7 month old because of hunger. (Photo courtesy of Concern Worldwide US)

East Africa Drought and Famine Relief:
What's Happening and How to Help


Civil war, drought, and economic instability have led to a recently declared famine in South Sudan, where nearly 5 million people face extreme food shortages. Severe drought conditions across the region have also led to food crises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Yemen. The projects below, as part of GlobalGiving's East Africa Drought and Famine Relief Fund, will provide emergency funding to international and locally driven relief efforts, providing food, medicine, and other essential supplies to address regional food crises.

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We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.



Projects supported by the East Africa Drought and Famine Relief Fund

Food Baskets for Households in Kenya!
Drought continues in eastern rural Kenya, famine is worsening, the food crisis is extreme. Makindu is located in the semi-arid zone, the worst affected area as annual rainfall is barely a trace. Most people eat just one meager meal a day, if at all. Hungry children do not attend school. Weakened, malnourished children die from treatable illnesses. Makindu Children's Program delivers bulk food baskets to the neediest children and households, providing them a lifeline of nutrition and saving lives
RI: Protecting Yemen's Children from Famine
Roughly 10 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. RI provides nutritional assistance and education sessions to combat the effects of famine to more than 23,000 people in Yemen.
Gardens Give Hope, Health, and Income in E. Africa
This project will increase long-term resilience to climate change, social crisis, and political crisis, for 8 communities in Kenya and Ethiopia most vulnerable to upheaval. We do this by investing in indigenous East African leadership to deliver training and resources: installation of simple, appropriate drought-resistant technology such as water storage, shade nets, and ecological small garden design; and connection of people to good seed, including local seed sources in their region.
East Africa Hunger Crisis: Concern's Response
Famine has been officially declared in South Sudan, and drought conditions throughout the region have also led to food crises in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia where 19.5 million people face severe food insecurity. Concern Worldwide is one of few NGOs in the hardest to reach areas in the region. Our experienced team is currently reaching 1.8 million people through life-saving cash transfers, improved access to clean water, treatment of malnourished children and preventative health and nutrition.
Special Appeal for children displaced by drought
The effects of drought and related conflict over limited resources in Baringo County, Kenya, are being felt in Kitale. CRK are working with an increased number of children on the street. The new arrivals are coming in from neighbouring counties as the drought situation worsens. We aim to welcome these children through our Street Smart Centre, build trust and secure a safe place for them at Birunda Rescue Centre while we identify and work with their families and reintegrate them back home.
Hunger Crisis in East Africa
A complex hunger crisis driven by drought, conflict and poor governance has left over 22 million people across East Africa in urgent need of life-saving assistance. More than 3.5 million children are suffering from severe malnutrition, well above globally acceptable rates. World Vision is responding with emergency assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan, assisting 2.2 million people with emergency food, water, treating malnutrition and diseases, and providing support to farmers
Africa Drought and Famine Fund
Civil war, drought, and economic instability have led to famine conditions in South Sudan, where nearly 6.5 million people-more than half of the population-face extreme food shortages. Severe drought conditions across the region have also led to food crises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Yemen. This fund will provide emergency funding to international and locally driven relief efforts, providing food, medicine, and other essential supplies to address regional food crises.
Nutrition Packets for Starving Kids in Somalia
With donor support, World Concern is reaching the hardest hit villages and providing starving children with a 3 month supply of nutritional packets. Filled with a peanut-butter like paste, each packet gives a malnourished child the nutrition and vitamins they need to survive.
Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal
More than 16 million people across East Africa are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya - leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.
East Africa Famine Relief
by IsraAID
This project will support the humanitarian and long-term development projects that IsraAID is implementing in South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya to fight the fallout from civil conflict, drought, and poverty in the region. For 6 years now, IsraAID has been operating long-term programs to build resilience, combat gender-based violence, improve hygiene and sanitation, and provide livelihood and income generation possibilities for hundreds of thousands of host communities and refugees.
Hunger crisis in Africa
41 million people are currently at risk of dying from hunger in Africa. Extreme drought and ongoing armed conflicts have led to severe famine at the horn of Africa and the region around lake Chad. Our organisations support affected people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, DR Kongo and Southern Sudan. Please support us in our efford to save millions of lives in Africa.
Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda
Providing microloans, business training and technical support to struggling South Sudanese women refugees in Uganda empowers them to start small businesses and create a better life for their families.
Give Fruit and a Greener Environment (South Sudan)
Our Magwi County Tree Nurseries Project will replant forests that have been cut down, preserve existing trees, and provide nutritious fruits to combat malnutrition in children.
Ethiopia:  help for the drought affected
Caused by the very strong El Nino weather phenomen the situation in Ethopia has worsened. In 2015 the rainfall during the short rainy season was reduced up to 90 percent. This year around ten million people are affected by famine . We are active in the country, as well in the Afar-Region. Our emergency aid reaches currently 3,000 pregnant and nursing mothers, 3,000 infants and additionally 1.422 families or 8,500 particularly needy people and their livestock.
Fight famine with farming in South Sudan
Famine and severe hunger are ravaging South Sudan. 1/4 of the population is at risk of starvation. We are working to help families that are in desperate need of food start small farms so that they can feed themselves while increasing the the amount of food available to the community. These small farms will save countless lives.
Building 1000 Resilient Households in North Kenya
The project will provide cash transfers and asset creation for 1,000 families @30$ affected by the ongoing drought in Northern Kenya. A vast majority of the communities have lost the capacity to cope with drought due to climate change literally losing their livelihoods. Food crops production was low associated with late land preparation while the nomadic herders have lost their entire livestock. Marsabit Long rains assessment puts the number of households in need of food intervention is 291,166.
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