The member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee have scaled up their operations in East Africa in response to the food crisis which has now become a famine in five areas in Somalia.
The following is a selection of member agency activity in response to the East Africa crisis; for a more in depth look at individual examples of the impact of DEC members please visit the Case Study section on the East Africa Crisis Appeal page.
Age UK – Ethiopia
HelpAge International has worked in Ethiopia for 15 years. This year they are involved in a project, with partner CAFOD and four other local NGOs, targeting 6,400 drought-affected households in Borana zone, Ethiopia.
As part of the project, they are providing direct cash transfers to 4,800 households and employment opportunities for older people or their relatives by digging wells and re-instating wells and boreholes that have fallen into disrepair. We will also help 1,600 families by providing livestock feed for their animals. Visit Age UK.
Action Aid – Kenya
ActionAid has reached over 250,000 people across 10 drought-hit areas with immediate support, targeting the most vulnerable -women, children, disabled, elderly and people living with HIV/AIDs.
We have supported over 17,700 children across six areas (Sericho, Isiolo, Narok, Ijara, Malindi and Marafa) with nutritious meals served in schools, helping keep children in education. In Isiolo they have provided fuel to power 2 school water pumps which act as the only source of water for both children in the schools and the surrounding community – a total of 1,000 people. Visit Action Aid.
British Red Cross – Kenya
British Red Cross has given £1.25m to support ICRC feed 16,500 families. Kenya Red Cross has opened two new operation centres in Wajir and Marsabit, joining those already managing the response in Turkana North and Turkana Central.
The school feeding programme has been stepped up and may increase over the coming weeks. So far over 48,000 children have been reached in 321 schools. Two million litres of water have been trucked to reach over 285,000 people in nine districts and 120 greenhouse projects are underway to help communities in their longer term food security. Visit British Red Cross.
Christian Aid - Kenya
Christian Aid partners Northern Aid and Christian Community Services Mount Kenya East in north eastern Kenya are providing essential assistance, such as:
- Emergency water tanks and distributing water to villages
- Constructing additional water points and maintaining existing boreholes
- Paying people a market rate for their remaining cattle so they do not loose everything
- Distributing animal feed to protect livestock that are so crucial to people's livelihoods
They will work in emergency relief camps and with further communities, providing water and food rations to new arrivals in refugee camps, plus giving them items such as plastic sheeting for shelter, jerry cans, mosquito nets and cooking utensils. Visit Christian Aid.