East Africa Drought

In response to the growing crisis in East Africa following prolonged drought and an outbreak of famine, CCA members are working to meet the immediate life-saving needs of targeted drought-affected communities and refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaila. Emergency food aid and non-food items are being provided, as well as improving access to clean water, psychosocial support, nutritional and emergency education.

A Somali refugee woman. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Through a coordinated and efficient response for men, women and children, a number of projects will promote food security and support food-for-work initiatives while providing essential supplies and striving to mitigate the impact of future disasters. Special attention will be given to the most vulnerable drought-affected groups, including pregnant and lactating women, the elderly, female-headed households and children. Project initiatives will be implemented through collaboration with local partners and the community to ensure a participatory and sustainable approach.

Key Response Activities

  • Providing emergency non-food items including blankets, sleeping mats, sanitary pads, kitchen sets, energy-efficient stoves, firewood, tarps and soap
  • Establishing food security through distributions of corn, beans, cooking oil, salt and enriched porridge flour, as well as offering supplementary feedings to children under five years of age and setting up feeding centres for the malnourished.
  • Ensuring access to clean and safe water for vulnerable groups and providing jerry cans for water collection and water purification tablets, and digging boreholes and reservoirs.
  • Offering primary health care services, sanitation facilities and immunizations
  • Ensuring livestock have access to fodder and veterinary services
  • Providing psychosocial support to newly arrived refugees and ensuring their safety and protection
  • Setting up temporary learning and recreational centres.

Famine levels in East Africa

Implementing Partners in Kenya

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
World Renew/CRWRC (World Renew)

This Program is Supported by:

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM)
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
ERDO (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM)
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D)
The United Church of Canada (UCC)
World Renew/CRWRC (World Renew)