East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

Jacob, 4, in Kenya

Jacob*, 4, was identified as having malnutrition in January. Since visiting ones of our treatment centres in Kenya, he's been improving and putting on weight.

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East Africa is in the grip of a critical hunger crisis.

Over 22.6 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya are in desperate need of food.

We've responded quickly and have scaled up our work in all four countries, providing urgently needed food, water and medical treatment to those in need.

We've already reached over 1.5 million people in Somalia alone, but the crisis is not over.

After only light showers during what should have been the rainy season, families have been forced to leave their homes in search of food.

The drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die. The lack of clean water has increased the spread of disease, leaving children vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses like cholera. In Somalia alone, there have been more than 42,00 reported cases.

Without continued support, more people will continue to slip even closer to extreme hunger.

We cannot see a repeat of 2011. That was the last time famine affected this part of Africa and 250,000 people died – 130,000 of them children - before the world took action.

If we don’t continue to respond now, thousands of lives will be at risk.

Our teams are already on the ground treating malnourished children, delivering food vouchers, water and life-saving medical care.

But we urgently need to do more – can you donate today?

Whatever you can give will help us save lives, from the price of a cup of coffee to the cost of your weekly shop.


could provide water for one month for a child at school.


could give one severely malnourished child the medicine, therapeutic food and other treatment they need at a clinic for a month.


could help us reach ten children with essential health services

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Aasiya’s story

A child is screened for malnutrition in Somalia


Amina* lives in Puntland, Somalia. She and her family had to leave their home in search of food after all but two of their 50 sheep died.

Now, her ten-month-old foster daughter, Aasiya*, is sick with malnutrition.

“This little one has been sick since she was born,” she says. “I have been everywhere and took her to every hospital.”

Now, baby Aasiya is being treated at a clinic we support in Yaka, Puntland.

How your donation will help



A malnourished child is fed at Garowe Hospital, SomaliaWe’re leading the nutrition response in Somalia. Our teams are treating malnourished children and delivering life-saving care. We’re trucking clean water to the hardest-hit areas and distributing food and cash grants.

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Our mobile health teams are treating malnourished children in the hardest-to-reach areas. We’re supporting pregnant and lactating mothers, delivering cash grants and food vouchers, and helping communities keep their livestock alive.

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We’re scaling up our response in three of the worst affected counties – Turkana, Wajir and Mandera. Our teams are delivering clean water to schools and health facilities, and screening children for malnutrition.

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South Sudan

As the largest aid agency in parts of the country, we’ve been treating malnourished children and keeping children safe since 2013. We’ve screened thousands of children and pregnant mothers for malnutrition, distributed food and set up vital treatment and feeding programmes



The futures of millions are at stake. Help us reach children in East Africa before it’s too late.

Please donate today

*Names changed to protect identities.
Last updated: June 2017.