East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

East Africa is in the grip of a critical hunger crisis

21 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya don’t have access to enough food.

A combination of prolonged drought and conflict has left families trapped in a cycle of hunger and disease.

In recent months, the rains have arrived. But in many cases, at a heavy price. Drought-stricken areas are suddenly seeing abnormally heavy rains in a very short period, causing flash flooding and an increased risk of water-borne diseases.


Storm Sagar hits Somalia

Livestock were destroyed in the impact of Storm Sagar landing in Somalia back in May

Over 900,000 children are severely malnourished. Beyond the threat of hunger and disease, children are also missing out on school as a result of conflict and displacement.

They are at huge risks of exploitation. Child marriage, trafficking, prostitution and recruitment into armed groups are all too common threats that children are facing every day.

Since we launched our response in the region last year, we’ve helped prevent the suffering of thousands and responded to the critical needs of children and their families who need it most.

However, the situation remains critical, and the humanitarian needs are still immense. Without continued action, we risk all our efforts being lost.


How we're helping

Ethiopia crisis.
  • We’re distributing food to mothers and children under five
  • We’re screening and treating children and mothers with severe acute malnutrition
  • We’re delivering healthcare to hard-to-reach communities through mobile health clinics
  • We’re building sanitation facilities and promoting good hygiene practices to curb the spread of acute watery diarrhoea.
  • We’re providing lifesaving drinking water to drought-affected communities through water trucking
  • We’ve established temporary learning spaces and play areas to ensure children are protected and can continue their education.
South Sudan
  • We're providing access to clean and safe water.
  • We are screening children and pregnant or lactating woman for malnutrition and training men and women on the nutrition needs of children.
  • We’re distributing crop seeds, farming tools, fishing kits and livestock drugs to agricultural families. 
  • We’re providing psychosocial support services, and educating children about their rights, child protection issues, gender equality and peacebuilding.


  • We’re vaccinating children against deadly diseases and providing medical treatment for the biggest child killers such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
  • We're screening and treating malnourished children.
  • We’re enrolling children into counselling programmes and youth clubs, training teachers and households in child protection.
  • We’re screening and treating malnourished children.
  • We’re providing free healthcare to communities and vaccinating children against preventable diseases, bringing this vital healthcare to a community level through our mobile health teams.
  • We’re providing access to clean, safe drinking water and training community volunteers on safe hygiene practices to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.
  • We’re giving families small grants, food vouchers and animal feed for livestock to help them rebuild their lives.
  • We’re delivering training sessions on improving land management and livestock disease surveillance.

Ade's story

Ade, five-months-old, was brought in by her mother Awia, at a stabilisation centre in Ethiopia.

Ade*, five-months-old, was admitted to one of our health centres in Ethiopia with a fever and malnutrition. Thanks to the lifesaving medicine and nutrition support provided by the centre, she received the vital care she needed to recover.

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