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11 Jul 2012 description

DEC member Age International is supporting older people in southern Ethiopia affected by the 2011 drought with cash payments to help them recover and rebuild their lives. The project has been funded by the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal and led to the building of water capture ponds as a resource for the community while providing paid work for for family members of local elders.

16 Feb 2012 description

1. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa was launched through the UK media on 8 July 2011 and has raised GBP 75 million to date. This remarkably generous public response should be seen in perspective: it represents around 4% of overall international funding for the crisis response in the region; and particularly for the larger DEC member agencies, it represents a relatively small proportion of their funding for the crisis response (around 10% for some).

18 Nov 2011 description

Kath Hindley, Deputy Chief Executive of the DEC, recently visited Borena, in south Ethiopia with DEC members Oxfam, Merlin and Age UK partner HelpAge International to see first hand how donations to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal are being spent delivering aid to communities affected by the drought in East Africa.

06 Jul 2011 description

In the face of the worst drought in East Africa since the 1950’s, the agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee said today they face a funding shortfall of more than £85m for their emergency response in the region.

The drought has withered crops, killed cattle and led to massive increases in food prices. More than 10 million people are now affected over large areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and the rest of the region.