As we wrap up this project on GlobalGiving, we wanted to take a moment to give a huge thanks to you for your generous contribution to our humanitarian work in response to the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.
Due to drought and conflict, 20.1 million people are in need of food assistance, 4.5 million people have been internally displaced, and 4.2 million children under the age of 5 are malnourished.
Your donations helped ActionAid provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the people affected by these intertwining crises. Among other activities, our response included: creating 4,600 nutrition programs, delivering multipurpose cash to 12,128 people, providing sanitation services to 73,600 people, and gender based protection services to 6,500 women and girls.
ActionAid prides ourselves on our human-rights based approach to humanitarian work. This approach allows us to develop long-term working relationships with local partners who have been working in some of the most remote and underserved areas in the world. Through these relationships, we learn about long term and short term solutions that would work to eradicate poverty and inequality in all sorts of political, cultural, and economic contexts. We provide support to develop and implement these solutions as well as work towards shifting power towards communities by conducting research and advocating for policy that will hold governments accountable to delivering basic human rights to every person.
This work would not be possible without partners like you: caring individuals who are willing to give what they can.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support. We invite you to stay updated with our ongoing humanitarian work by signing up for our newsletter at www.actionaid.org.
We are thankful for your support of this project. I am writing to share some updates from ActionAid's emergency response to a food and migrant crisis in Ethiopia.
In addition to experiencing a historic drougth that has affected millions of Ethiopian's livelihoods and safety, the conflict in Sudan has driven thousands of people to Ethiopia in search of safety. The migrants include diplomats, foreigners, Sudanese, and Ethiopidans.
On top of about 4.2 million internally displeased people and over 1.5 million returnees (whom were displaced from ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia), Ethiopia now hosts an additional 823,000 refugees and asylum seekers predominantly from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
On a daily basis over one thousand daily arrivals are registered in Metema, an Ethiopian border town, and ActionAid is working on establishing a new refugee camp there, to safely shelter and provide assistance to refugees. hese people are in need of emergency assistance. This emergency assistance includes: access to water and sanitation facilities, food, and healthcare and providing items like sleeping mats, solar lamps, hygiene kits, dignity kits, kitchen sets, free calls for all arrivals to contact families, and transportation of individuals to and from the border to the transit center, and onward transportation to Gondar city and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
With your support, our response aims to provide emergency assistance for 5400 refugees and returnees for the next six months, and beyond.
Thank you for supporting our emergency response and for entrusting us to provide support for all families, women, and girls affected by the drought and conflict in and near Ethiopida.
Thank you for supporting this project. I am writing today to share some updates about our work in Ethiopia. We appreciate you taking your time to learn and act in response to this crisis.
East Africa is currently experiencing a historic drought affecting millions of people. This drought has created subsequent, drastic issues for communities in the region. In Ethiopia alone, 20.1 million people need food assistance, 6.8 million livestock have died, 2 million people are now internally displaced, and more. ActionAid continues to respond to this crisis and has so far reached 440,000 people in Ethiopia, Somaliland, and Kenya. Our response activities include cash assistance, food distribution, provision of WASH services, protection and health programs, and the distribution of non-food items. ActionAid will continue to provide emergency and protection services in Ethiopia, as well as the rest of East Africa, in response to this ongoing drought.
Thank you for your support and solidarity during this time. Now more than ever, your commitment to justice makes a difference.
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