In South Sudan alone, 270,000 children are suffering severe acute malnutrition. Photo: NPR

Donate now to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.

Help vulnerable communities in East Africa.

East Africa is currently facing famine which has the potential to affect up to 20 million people over the next six months. That is almost equivalent to the whole population of Australia.

This appeal will build on our earlier rapid response to three partners in Africa: the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (to support the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency in South Sudan (SUDRA)), Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Mt Kenya West in Kenya (ACKMCW), and the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) in Ethiopia. We have already provided $10,000 to each partner from our Rapid Response Emergency Fund.

The causes of the famine include drought, failed rains, conflict and a lack of humanitarian access to communities in need.

Your support to ease this suffering will help us reach thousands of people.

Our partner in Kenya, the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Mt Kenya West (ACK MKW), plans to reach 22,500 households with emergency food relief rations in Laikipia North Sub-County over the next two months. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, and  households with children under five will be prioritised.

In Ethiopia, the money we have sent has gone to our partner, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA). APDA Program Coordinator and good friend, Valerie Browning, is very grateful for the funding and said that “we are really on the edge of a precipice of imminent disaster, with communities growing weaker at each turn.”

APDA will use the funds to work on providing clean water, sanitation, water purification, medicines and support to livestock to enable a food source for communities. The funds will help up to 200,000 vulnerable people.

Monies raised from the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal will initially go to South Sudan, through the ACT Alliance, directed to Christian Aid.

This money will provide emergency food and nutrition, health services, water, sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods support to vulnerable communities, particularly women and children. Should the funds raised exceed the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, the excess funds will support our Rapid Response Emergency Fund for use in future disasters.

To donate to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button below (choose ‘East Africa Food Crisis Appeal’ from the ‘Donation’ drop-down menu) or call us on 1800 249 880.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque/money order made payable to Anglican Overseas Aid to:

Anglican Overseas Aid
East Africa Food Crisis Appeal
P.O. Box 389
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067

 

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Read more about the current situation

ABC news: Australia urged to ‘do better’ in sending foreign aid to ‘catastrophic’ Middle East, North Africa

Anglican Alliance: Crisis deepens in South Sudan

UNOCHA: South Sudan: “People are suffering beyond measure”