100 Days Update

16/10/2011

Food distribution in Makima, KenyaThe aid effort in East Africa has increased dramatically since the launch of the DEC Appeal 100 day ago with more aid getting through to more people.  Member agencies and their partners have now helped nine million people across East Africa with aid*.  Aid is getting through to many of those in need, including in the worst affected areas of southern Somalia.

There are however still significant shortfalls in the delivery of aid and the largest shortfalls are in the areas of greatest need. A shortage of funds, particularly from some non-UK sources, is one issue but the main challenges are insecurity and limits on access faced by many agencies to the worst affected areas of Somalia.
 
Some affected areas of Kenya and Ethiopia are beginning to see the first signs of improvement.  Increasing amounts of aid are getting through, harvests are being reaped in many areas and rains are making more pasture available for surviving livestock.  
 
Many people in these areas will still need ongoing emergency support in the short term. Good rains and longer term aid will be needed in the coming years to enable them to rebuild their livelihoods.  The current rains also bring their own problems, including speeding the spread of cholera which is already a major concern, particularly in Somalia. 
 
Specific help delivered by our member agencies and their partners using funds from all sources include:
 
  • Action Aid has reached  86,615 people across affected areas of Kenya through school feeding programmes, help with bore holes, water trucking and by buying cattle.
  • Age UK partners have helped 33,600 people in southern Ethiopia with cash transfer which were mostly used to buy grain or in some cases to pay for healthcare. 
  • The British Red Cross is helping support the ICRC which has distributed food to 162,000 people in southern and central Somalia, and is scaling up food programmes to reach 1.2m people.
  • CAFOD has worked through partners in north east Ethiopia and have constructed four deep wells and veterinary facilities that will benefit 120,000.
  • CARE Kenya is helping provide food and water over 400,000 refugees in the Dadaab camps. 
  • Christian Aid  has worked through partners to help 113,875 people in northern and central Kenya by tankering water, rehabilitating boreholes and feeding livestock.
  • Concern Worldwide have reached over 200,000 people in Mogadishu and southern Somalia with food vouchers, emergency nutrition and clean water.
  • Islamic Relief has worked in Mogadishu and southern Somalia to give  food aid to 160,000 people and truck water to 120,000 people
  • Merlin has worked in northern Kenya Merlin has screened 7,960 children for malnutrition and has provided therapeutic feeding to 993 children who were severely malnourished.
  • Oxfam has worked through partners in Mogidishu to provide clean water and sanitation to 250,000 displaced Somalis in the growing camps, which will help contain the current cholera outbreak.
  • Plan International has worked in affected regions of Ethiopia to provide food, sanitation and other aid to 181, 768 people.
  • Save the Children is treating over 7,500 acutely malnourished children every month in Somalia and providing support to breast-feeding mothers.
  • Tearfund is supporting its partner World Concern in north east Kenya and southern Somalia to provide water, toilets and health care, household items and livestock support to help 33,620 people.
  • World Vision has helped 250,000 people from pastoralist groups in the north of Somalia with cash for work, water trucking, rehabilitating earth dams and assistance to run small businesses.
*  The figure of nine million people receiving aid is based on separate reports from each of the DEC’s 14 member agencies and represents the efforts of each agency and their local and international partners.  The figure does not mean that 9m of the more than 13m people affected by the crisis have now received all the help they require.  In some instances separate agencies will have provided different forms of help to the same individuals – for example one agency providing food and another water.  In other cases some but not all of an individuals needs will have been met by the aid so far provided.
 

Comments

Anonymous

Posted at 05.09 pm on 18/10/11

Thank you for this update,it is very good to read about the use that the donations are being put to and what is happening.
The work that is going on is really fantastic considering the circumstances in which it is being done.

Leon from DEC

Posted at 11.39 am on 18/10/11

Thank you everyone for the kind comments, we really appreciate them and are always keen to hear feedback from our supporters!

"Great work in very difficult circumstances. But what happens to these people in the long term?"

A very good question, DEC member agencies have a long term presence in the region and will continue to support communities as well as lobby for changes to improve their lives.

In terms of this appeal and it's longer term impact; money raised will be spent over two years and if it is sufficient it will help rebuild livelihood such as replacing cattle/tools, and providing water points.

Our member agencies are involved in different programmes of building in resilience so that communities are better able to cope with future emergencies. We have a section on the DEC website which gives an insight in the various ways our members work to achieve this, take a look here:

http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/east-africa-crisis-appeal/case-studies

Anonymous

Posted at 08.09 am on 18/10/11

Thank you for the 100-day update detailing your efforts in relieving the East African crisis; it's good to see how my contribution is helping.

Anonymous

Posted at 08.53 pm on 17/10/11

Thank you for the update - I gave, knowing the organisation is trustworthy and efficient, and it is good to hear what is happening (especially details of the participating charities)

Anonymous

Posted at 05.13 pm on 17/10/11

Great work in very difficult circumstances. But what happens to these people in the long term?

Anonymous

Posted at 02.56 pm on 17/10/11

Amazing work...keep it up x

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