We have 90,000 partners in Ethiopia where problems reported from the field are mostly confined to the south of the country, in particular in and around our Mesqan and Wurib Epicentres.
We continue to implement our epicentre strategy, whose aim is to support local communities in becoming self-sufficient, so that they can withstand drought conditions.
Poor rainfall across the Horn of Africa which also includes Somalia, Kenya & Djibouti is now causing drought conditions in many areas but food prices which have been rising at phenomenal rates across the developing world are exacerbating the problems surrounding hunger and poverty for many.
If you are living on less than $1.25 a day (that’s 942 million or one in six of us) and your diet is based on maize (which is now at record prices) you are likely to be malnourished right now wherever you live.
As with many smaller NGOs (we only have 2 UK staff) operating in East Africa, we don’t benefit directly from the UK Aid budget or the DEC appeal which makes your direct investment all the more important in helping us continue our vital work.
We stand in solidarity with those affected across East Africa and our thoughts also go at this time to the 942 million living in conditions of extreme hunger and poverty that are carving out an existence on less than $1.25 a day while food prices reach record levels.
This is also another opportunity for us to applaud the power and achievements of grassroots people across the developing world, millions of whom are already ending their own hunger, meeting their basic needs and have a greater resilience and capacity to cope should a crisis develop.
A massive thank you goes out to our indigenous leadership teams in Ethiopia and Uganda at this time who are working tirelessly with rural grassroots communities at time. Meet our Country Directors.
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