Emergency food crisis in Ethiopia

Ten million people are facing a crippling drought in Ethiopia. We urgently need your help to provide life-saving aid to those affected.

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The situation

Severe and extreme weather shifts, part of the El Niño effect, mean that the rains in Ethiopia have failed twice. Farmers are losing their crops, water sources are drying up, and families are struggling to keep themselves and their animals alive. As a result, an estimated 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and millions are in need of emergency food and clean water.

We urgently need your support to scale up our work and reach more vulnerable women, men and children with life-saving aid.

Donate to our Appeal

Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us: “Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”

Donate £35 and provide a food basket

Our work

We are helping vulnerable people to buy food, providing farmers with seeds, and supporting health clinics experienced in working with malnourished children and pregnant mothers.

We are also constructing new wells and water points, and mending old ones that have broken down, so that people have access to water. We are employing local people to work on these projects, so they can earn a decent wage and can afford to buy food for their families.


Meet Rahel

Rahel has been working on a CAFOD project to build a dam. This has meant she now has money to buy food for her family.

Rahel and her daughter. Rahel has struggled to get enough food for her family during the drought in Ethiopia.

Rahel is from the town of Sebeya.

“This last year has been the worst ever. I have little or no money coming into the house. There has been no rain, no harvest; the ground has remained a desert, offering us nothing to collect. It’s the worst thing for a mother to see your child losing weight, getting skinny; it’s very depressing for me.”

Rahel has been paid for working on a dam that will collect water for her community. Her wage has meant she is able to buy food for her family.

“It is better to do this work; I can’t keep asking neighbours and friends for help. It is also useful, preparing the dam to collect the rain water from the mountain, it will mean in future we won’t struggle so much to have water during difficult times.”

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