The DEC launched its appeal in March 2017 after drought and conflict left 23 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment across East Africa.
The World Food Programme reported that some 2.9 million people in Somalia and 5.6 million in Ethiopia required urgent food assistance, along with 2.6 million in Kenya. In South Sudan, poor rains and harvests coupled with continued fighting had forced almost 1.9 million people to leave their homes in search of food, water and protection.
DEC fundraising has now closed. Our appeal raised £65 million, including £10 million in Aid Match from the UK Government, which our members will be spending up to October 2018.
If you would like to donate, the following DEC member charities still have active appeals:
- Age International
- British Red Cross
- CARE International
- Christian Aid
- Concern Worldwide
- Islamic Relief
- Save the Children
- World Vision
In the first six months of the response, DEC charities and their partners provided relief assistance to almost 2.5 million people. Across the region, the largest expenditure was on water, sanitation and hygiene, followed by food and direct cash and vouchers, provided so that people could meet their immediate needs.