East Africa Drought & Food Insecurity

EAST AFRICA DROUGHT & FOOD INSECURITY

Response USA is providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those in need – provision of food aid, water and livestock.

The impact of El-Nino induced drought has made life insufferable for people of East Africa. 5.6 million people require humanitarian relief and 9.2 million people need safe drinking water. Response USA is providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those in need – provision of food aid, water and livestock.

Drought

East Africa is struggling to recover from the impact of the El Niño-induced drought in since 20012 and has been facing on and off spells of food insecurity during the past decade or so. An estimated 23 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance across the Horn of Africa due to a prolonged drought, COVID-19 pandemic, and desert locust outbreak.

Parts of East Africa including Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, are experiencing one of the worst droughts in 60 years. Consecutive below-average seasonal rainfalls have led to the loss of livestock due to deterioration of farmland and pastures, a spike in food prices and a reduction in the availability of water. Due to significant increase in staple food prices, poor households are forced to leave their homes and sell livestock to purchase their minimum food needs.

Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are also facing a large outbreak of desert locusts that has exacerbated the ongoing food crisis in the region. The desert locust is one of the most destructive migratory pests in the world, rapidly consuming most vegetation in its path, including crops and pastureland critical to maintaining the food security and livelihoods. Swarms of these migratory pests are destroying standing crops and vegetation resulting in loss of food and income for local families.

In East Africa region, there are 111,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases and around 3,000 people have died as of August 2020, and Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan are the worst affected countries in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the local economy in East Africa which has adversely impacted the household income and food insecurity, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas and among displaced populations.

We enroll and support orphans from extremely poor and hard to reach regions of the world. The monthly cash allowance is used to support the food, clothing, education and health needs of the orphans. We also ensure that orphans and their families benefit from Response USA’s ongoing development programs in their respective communities.​

We provide crucial psychosocial support for children during emergencies to help them overcome their difficult experiences. These efforts include one to one counselling and group therapy sessions for helping them overcome the challenges and stress resulting from the disaster or conflict. Other interventions include safe and stimulating activities such as sports and games to develop life skills and coping mechanisms for achieving resiliency.​

We build the capacity of community members, activists to support children, families and neighbors by disseminating key information through a variety of channels including the media, religious organizations, existing community structures and youth groups.​

What is Response USA doing to help?

Response USA is providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those in need – provision of food aid, water and livestock. In addition, we are supporting orphans and extremely poor children through our Child Sponsorship Program that takes care of their food, shelter, education, and health needs. Response USA is also working with women, youth, and small farmers for improved access to water and sanitation services, hygiene promotion, GBV prevention and alternative livelihood sources.

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