Aid response to East Africa drought continues
Plan is continuing to provide life-saving aid to drought-affected families in East Africa, where deteriorating conditions are putting even more people at risk. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our emergency operations are currently helping some of the most vulnerable communities in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
More than 12.4 million people across East Africa are currently suffering a deadly combination of drought, escalating food prices and regional conflict. Malnutrition rates in the region are at critical levels and the number of affected families continues to rise steadily.
Failed rains have caused devastating losses of crops, livestock, and incomes as the region suffers its worst dry spell in 60 years. The situation has been worsened by rising food prices and prolonged conflicts, which have forced millions of people to flee their homes and take shelter in overcrowded refugee camps.
Despite massive efforts by humanitarian agencies to continue to scale up the response to the crisis, the situation continues to deteriorate. Conditions are not expected to improve until the next harvest in January.
With your support, Plan is providing life-saving supplies, including food and safe water, to more than 1.4 million children and their families.
In Ethiopia, 4.5 million people are currently in need of assistance, and as food prices continue to rise, that number is expected to grow in coming weeks. Plan’s relief efforts in Ethiopia are reaching 1 million people with nutritious food, water, seeds, livestock and fertilizers. Particular attention is also being paid to child protection and healthcare – as children weakened by malnutrition are more susceptible to killer diseases like measles, cholera and malaria.
The progression of the drought is also taking a heavy toll on education, with an increasing trend of school drop-outs and closures. Plan is helping children stay in school with feeding programs – particularly girls, who are the first to be pulled out of classes to support their families by fetching water and finding food.
Kenya is also experiencing increasing food prices, and is struggling to cope with the thousands of Somali refugees that are arriving every week in already overcrowded camps. Over 260,000 people in the country are being supported by Plan’s response, which includes feeding programs, water, medicine, school meals and hygiene promotion.
In South Sudan, Plan is working with the World Food Program to ensure that children, especially girls, are supported with nutritious food so they can continue their education. More than 150,000 children are benefiting from Plan’s work.
How you can help
We are over halfway to our goal of feeding 8,000 more families in East Africa. Donate today to help support communities affected by the drought in East Africa.
Or text "PLAN FOOD" to 85944 to donate $10 to help children in the Horn of Africa survive.