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East African Humanitarian Response

The emergency response work has focused on community resilience and disaster risk reduction, strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work.

Funding has come from Christian Aid and Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals and other institutional donors including Irish Aid.

Our aims

To build and strengthen community resilience in affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Our approach

The initial phase of the appeal focused on responding to the immediate needs of those affected. This included emergency food and water supplies, cash and food vouchers, shelter, water provision and cholera prevention and treatment. In some places, seeds, farming and fishing tools were provided.

Now, the response has moved to the recovery phase, with activities including school feeding programmes, emergency animal health and feeds, WASH and the development of water infrastructure, such as boreholes.

Distribution of aid in South Sudan

Key information


Kenya - Marsabit County

Ethiopia - South Omo and Moyale 

South Sudan - Unity, Northern and Western Bhar el Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria, Jongolei


Started 2017- Ongoing

Programme value

Approximately £4.2 million has been spent with some funding ongoing. Funds raised so far £5.2 million

Target population

Approximately 420,000 people 

Implementing Partners

Kenya - PACIDA (Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance) and CIFA (Community Initiative Facilitation and Assitance)

Ethiopia - AFD (Action For Development) and WSA (Women Support Association) 

South Sudan - HARD (Hope Agency for Relief and Development)

Key achievements

In Kenya, as of end of 2018, 1200 households had received unconditional cash transfers, while in Aweil West, South Sudan, 905 households received vouchers.

In Ethiopia, by the end of 2018, more than 3600 households had been reached, up on the 1000 households targeted. More than 53,000 cattle were vaccinated against disease and infection.

In South Sudan, a further 1,000 households received food rations, while fisher folk groups have been trained on fishing nets mending, fish handling procedures, fish processing and fish preservation methods. 

More than 18,000 people have benefited from the provision of 20 new water tanks in Ethiopia. 


Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)


Irish Aid

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