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

Children face starvation in Darfur now - urgent
Kids for Kids helps children and families in Darfur living in remote villages in the desert. The UN recently reported 30% of children are acutely malnourished. Many are starving now. We can help to stop this: Our simple grassroots projects - goat loans, donkeys, water from hand pumps, training midwives and first aid workers, providing blankets, mosquito nets, Kindergartens and more - lifts families out of desperate poverty and transforms the lives of whole communities. Please help.
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
East Africa Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund
Children in East Africa are struggling to survive the ongoing impact of one of the worst droughts the region has ever seen. Across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, children are at risk of acute malnutrition due to the lack of food and water. These situations are growing worse by the day.
Drought-Resilient Gardens for East Africa
In Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia, people crowd towns and cities to escape drought. Now food is short and prices are high. Smart gardens can capture and use water efficiently to quickly grow nutritious vegetables. Reach 500+ families with good vegetable seeds and resources like water tanks, drip irrigation, and skills training. Most gardeners are organized in women's saving groups whose focus is to make their communities ever more resilient as the climate grows ever more uncertain.
RI: Protecting Yemen's Children from Famine
The Yemeni port of Hodeida provides a vital lifeline for food and medicine. With new conflict around the port, the people's suffering will increase exponentially. 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.
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
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.
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.
Africa Drought and Famine Fund
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. 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.
Restore Resilience to 3000 families in North Kenya
The project will provide cash transfers and asset creation for 3,000 families affected by the ongoing drought in Northern Kenya. A vast majority of the communities have lost the capacity to cope with the drought in the past many losing their livestock. Food crops production was low associated with late land preparation which led to low acreage planted hence subsequent low harvests. Marsabit Long rains assessment puts the number of households in need of food intervention is 291,166.
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.
Provide Lifesaving Relief to Drought Victims
A severe drought in East Africa has inflicted wide scale crop failures and food insecurity throughout communities already struggling to survive, affecting more than 10 million people. Thousands of refugees, the majority from Somalia, are fleeing into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia - at some camps a reported 40 percent of new arrivals are acutely malnourished. Your support can help us bring lifesaving relief and supplies to those suffering from the worst drought in decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help 400 Conflict-impacted Children in NE Nigeria
1.3 million children have been forced to flee their homes from conflict in North East Nigeria. Three million children can't go to school and thousands of families are struggling in temporary camps where disease and hunger are rife. Education and emergency support is the key to helping these children to rebuild their lives. This project will build a temporary learning centre in Maiduguri supporting 400 children and their families so they can have a brighter future
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