Mothers and their children should be bonding and growing. Instead, the mothers are carrying their babies across miles of drought-scorched earth to save their lives. After the rains failed and livestock perished, there is nothing left to eat or drink at homes throughout East Africa. Courageously, families have made the arduous journeys to Save the Children relief centers where they receive nourishment, medical care - and hope that they'll survive this terrible drought.
East Africa is experiencing the worst drought in more than 60 years. As the heat swelters, the risk of life-threatening malnutrition increases. Experts predict the rains will be weak again this season - leaving children to suffer, and risk death, for 100 days. Unless people like you come to their aid. Save the Children is already on the ground saving lives. We're rapidly providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to underweight children and families who have lost everything.
We are also helping new moms get their strength back so they can nurse their babies again. Children are fed nutritious foods that their little bodies can easily absorb. For example, many girls and boys are fed a porridge made from protein-rich soy and hearty corn meal. Kids who need to extra help are often fed a fortified peanut butter. Some children are so fragile they are nourished through IV tubes until they get strong enough to eat.