Crisis Response 2017

Horn of Africa Crisis

 little girl in Somalia collection water

People across the Horn of Africa are in desperate need of food. Failure of rains from October - December 2016 has led to a devastating drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia and more than 15 million people are facing food and water shortages and famine is now a possibility in Somalia.

The drought follows one of the strongest El Niño events on record. Forecasts predict the next rainfall is not expected until March – May, with rains possibly being below average.

grandmother in somalia


“The condition is so bad, we hope to God rain will come.” - Jimco

Jimco and her five grandchildren have been severely affected by the drought. Before the drought, she had 20 camels, 200 sheep and goats and 10 donkeys but all of them died of starvation.



Time is running out. 5 million people in Somalia need humanitarian assistance and 1.3 million people in Kenya are facing food shortages. Through our partners in Marsabit and Somaliland, ERDO will be providing food assistance in Somaliland, Somalia and Marsabit, Kenya to respond to this great need. 

Marsabit, Kenya

Project goal is to:

  • Provide supplementary food for 750 female-headed households with young children (approximately 3,750 individuals) in 24 communities across the region
  • Provide rations of rice, beans, oil, sugar and iodized salt to communities across Marsabit
  • A $50 donation with matched government funding becomes $250 and will provide one female-headed household in Kenya with food for five months* 
Somaliland, Somalia

Project goal is to:

  • Improve access to food for 850 households (6,800 individuals) in the Sanaag and Saaxil regions
  • A $121 donation with matched government funding becomes $605 and will provide one vulnerable household in Somalia with food for five months*

We are also helping South Sudanese refugees. Learn more about our response>>

*Your donation will be matched 4 times. That means, your gift of $100 can provide $500 worth of much needed food aid. 

Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

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