What You Can Do
According to the United Nations, the Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years, and nearly 11 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti are in need of life-saving food assistance. For the first time since 1984, the UN has officially declared a famine in the country. Somalia is hit particularly hard due to conflict and response failure. In Somalia alone, 29,000 children under 5 have already died of starvation in last 90 days.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDS?
- Food: Emergency life-saving food assistance to all the impacted areas.
- Health: Drought puts millions at critical health risks. Malnourished bodies have weakened immune systems and measles and Cholera outbreaks will claim more lives without intervention.
- Sustainable solutions: After stabilizing the crisis, the international community must invest in the worst hit areas and support sustainable development.
Donate now: Making a financial contribution is the best way to help, as supplies can be purchased locally at a low cost. Food donations harm local businesses and the high shipping costs makes these contributions inefficient. After evaluating various relief agencies in East Africa based on services delivered, reach, administrative costs, and ability to fill critical gaps, we encourage people to donate to the following organizations. These organizations address a variety of needs efficiently and they each designate at least 89% of contributions to aid. (Read here our standards on smart giving)
Volunteer. Contact aid agencies working in East Africa to see how you can volunteer your time and skills.
- Amoud Foundation | www.amoudfoundation.org
Operating 12 feeding centers in the worse hit famine areas of Somalia, including: Bay, Bakol, Gedo and Afgoi areas.
- ARAHA | www.araha.org
Operating food distributions in the Horn of Africa, and delivering non-food items such as tarps for making shelters, cooking utensils, and other essentials to those displaced. Volunteers wanted.
- African Future | www.theafricanfuture.org
Working with the Global Enrichment Foundation and Hope for Nations to distribute food to individuals and families that have been denied access across the Somali border. Volunteers wanted.
- Doctors without Borders (MSF) | www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Operating 3 medical-nutritional programs in Ethiopia and Kenya and 9 programs in south-central Somalia.
- Mercy Corps | http://www.mercycorps.org/hornofafricahungercrisis
Mercy Corps teams in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are responding to the hunger crisis by distributing food and water and expanding critical relief efforts in a way that builds local markets. Mercy Corps is on the ground helping more than one million people in the region survive.
- Oxfam | www.oxfam.org/eastafrica
Has a reputation for supporting sustainable projects that look at long term solutions. Working in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
- Save Somali Women and Children | http://bit.ly/SaveSomaliWomenChildren
SSWC is a grantee of the Global Fund For Women, is distributing Nutrition Kits to help mothers fend against the malnutrition and Dignity Kits to provide essential women’s hygiene items, the lack of which poses serious health risks and compromises their dignity.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please comment below with recommendations, and keep checking back for updates.