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East Africa appeal 2011: our response

June 2014

Three years after we launched our East Africa food crisis appeal, we are still helping communities to recover after the region experienced its worst drought in 60 years.

Drought and displacement

In 2011, drought and displacement, combined with rising food prices, left more than 13 million people in the east and the Horn of Africa in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The situation was exacerbated by conflict and insecurity in South Sudan and Somalia, causing displacement and food shortages to many people.  

Our response continues

Thanks to your generosity, we have helped more than 700,000 of the region’s most vulnerable people.

We received £7.9 million to respond to the crisis, including £2.7 million from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal.

Our partners are now supporting longer-term work helping communities to recover their livelihoods in southern Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as parts of South Sudan and Somalia, where we continue to provide support as the conflict continues.

We work with communities and partner organisations to make sure they can get their voices heard, to improve responses to warning signs, and for more investment in national responses to emergencies.

We are also working with partners to ask governments to provide better services and help for communities to withstand future crises.


In the early stages of the crisis, we worked with Lutheran World Federation and Action for Development in southern Ethiopia to meet people’s immediate needs, including:

  • providing safe drinking water to nearly 65,000 Somali refugees and vulnerable people
  • distributing emergency food to more than 5,315 children and pregnant mothers.

Our support now focuses on long-term work through Action for Development and Agri Service Ethiopia to help communities increase their resilience to drought and other climatic risks.

We are also working with local governments and community-based organisations to provide them with the skills to reduce the risk of, and prepare for, future droughts.

Around 48,000 people have benefitted from the DEC programme and our support continues for more communities using our own appeal funds.


With our appeal funds, partners in north eastern Kenya delivered emergency relief. They are now helping communities to recover their livelihoods by:

  • providing additional water points, dams and water storage tanks, and maintaining existing boreholes to provide water for more than 8,500 families
  • giving training, along with drought-tolerant seeds and tools, to 1,500 female farmers.


In Somalia, we are working through our ACT Alliance partners Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and Norwegian Church Aid, and local organisations Bani'adam and GREDO in Mogadishu to:

  • work with more than 8,000 small scale farmers to increase food production
  • increase food security for 1,400 households by providing seeds and tools.

South Sudan

Through local partners and our ACT Alliance partner we have worked with displaced families in Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap and Jonglei states by:

  • providing plastic sheeting for temporary shelters and emergency items to approximately 23,000 people
  • ensuring more than 13,500 people have access to safe drinking water and over 3,000 people received training on safe hygiene and sanitation practices.

Most significantly, our partners throughout the region are working with communities to become more resilient to future crises.

However, ongoing insecurity affecting South Sudan means many still need emergency relief.

How you can help

Please help us to continue our emergency work around the world by donating to the disasters and emergencies fund.



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