Lent and the East Africa Crisis – how your donations help

29 March 2017

Woman holding gourds in Zambia

Your Lent donations support long-term development projects such as teaching people how to grow crops

A huge thank you to everyone who has given so generously to our Lent Appeal and our East Africa Crisis Appeal. Your donations will save lives in some of the poorest communities.

If you’re wondering which appeal to give to, or exactly where your donation goes, here are answers to some of your most common questions.


Will my Lent donation be used in East Africa?

Lent donations may be used to fund projects in any of the countries where we work. This could be in countries affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa, such as South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But Lent donations will be used for long-term development projects - such as food, water, income, health and education. These long-term projects may include activities that help communities to prepare for a drought – such as digging boreholes and planting drought-resistant varieties of crops.

Read about what your Lent 2015 donations achieved

Donate to the Lent Appeal


Where does my East Africa Crisis Appeal donation go?

All donations to our East Africa Crisis Appeal will be used for emergency lifesaving aid in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya. Donations will buy emergency food, clean water, healthcare and sanitation. Donate to the East Africa Appeal and provide food and water to people in desperate need

Find out more about the overlap between long-term development and emergency response


Where does my DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal donation go?

CAFOD is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which is a coalition of 13 leading UK aid agencies. The DEC launched a joint appeal for the East Africa crisis on Wednesday 15 March 2017 and has so far raised more than £36 million. These funds will be split between the DEC member agencies.


Why did you launch an emergency appeal so soon after Fast Day?

The decision to launch the emergency appeal for East Africa so soon after Lent Fast Day is based on the urgent hunger facing our brothers and sisters overseas, in what the UN has described as the largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years.


How do you choose which partners and projects to fund?

We have a country strategy for every country we work in. These strategies usually last from three to five years, depending on the country, but they are reviewed every year and in light of emergencies. When we develop the strategy papers, we identify the greatest needs in the country - such as water or nutrition - and this helps us to decide which partners and projects are best-placed to meet those needs.


How do you know the money goes to the people who need it?

We have been working with most of our partners for many years and know they are trustworthy and effective. All our partners have to submit narrative and financial reports every six months, which include things like key achievements and challenges, and where money has been spent. We also carry out programme monitoring visits. If we are considering funding a new organisation, we always check that their finances are in order before any funds are agreed.


For more information about our spending, see our annual report 2015-16

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