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23 Jul 2018 description

(Nairobi, 19th July 2018), At least 1 million people, the majority of whom being women and children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following recent inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia. Aid agencies in Ethiopia are appealing for critical and urgent assistance for close to a million people that have fled their homes following inter-communal violence along the border of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNPR) and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Tearfund, Oxfam

*by Sini Maria Heikkila, Humanitarian Policy Officer Tearfund and *

Denis Kongere, Regional Drought Policy and Campaigns Manager, Oxfam

11 Apr 2016 description
report Tearfund

•Tearfund joins emergency response, providing vital food and encourages people to donate
•UN launches urgent appeal for funds as situation reaches crisis level.

With 10 million people in urgent need of food assistance in Ethiopia, and the number continuing to rise, Tearfund is encouraging people to donate to the emergency response. Tearfund has joined emergency relief efforts by providing food assistance and livestock support across the country. The UN has also launched an urgent campaign ‘Act Now. Protect Tomorrow’ to prevent the crisis reaching unprecedented levels.

09 Jul 2014 description

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.

19 Dec 2013 description
report Tearfund

by Mark Lang

Almaz Santa has come a long way since drought in Ethiopia two years ago pushed her to the edge of survival.

Back then she would walk miles every day in a desperate search for firewood to sell to earn money to feed her children.

‘I used to cry out to God as I thought he had forgotten me,’ recalls the mother of six children aged between four and 15.

Thanks to supporters of Tearfund’s emergency appeal for East Africa, our partner the Wolaitta Kale Heywet Church brought Almaz back from the brink.

22 Mar 2013 description
report Tearfund

There are 783 million people worldwide who don't have accessible clean water to drink and Aeylech Tomas is one of them.

When we met her in the Ethiopian village of Kisho, she was sitting under a tree, out of the punishing sun, looking tired and bothered.

When she explained what it involves to get decent drinking water, it was easy to see why she was so fed-up.

‘It takes me a long time to get clean water,’ said the mother-of-two. ‘I walk slowly for over an hour. I get so tired as there are so many hills.’

12 Jul 2012 description
report Tearfund

July 2012

Your support for Tearfund’s East Africa appeal has helped more than 80,000 people in Ethiopia.

Tearfund partners have been able to do the following work as a result:

The Wolaitta Kale Heywet Church (WKHC) ran cash-for-work projects in Kindo Koyisha and Offa districts which benefited about 13,000 people.

The projects provided a safety net for the vulnerable and helped ensure that people did not have to sell their precious assets to survive.

25 Apr 2012 description
report Tearfund

Diarrhoea is the leading cause of child mortality in Sub Saharan Africa and one child dies from the illness every 20 seconds. A new report launched today (Wednesday 25 April) by Tearfund and PATH at the World Health Congress in Ethiopia calls for urgent action to stop children dying from this preventable illness.

21 Oct 2011 description
report Tearfund

After months of getting by on poor quality and unreliable supplies, mother-of-five Asha has clean drinking water for her family.

Nearby, her neighbour 60-year-old Dahabo and her children are sleeping under a mosquito net and for the first time have better protection from contracting malaria.

These are just two people who’ve been tangibly helped by Tearfund’s East Africa food crisis appeal, two people who’ve been given hope in the face of a critical drought affecting much of the region.

05 Oct 2011 description
report Tearfund

‘This is the worst crisis we’ve ever experienced. We’ve gone from a reasonably successful life to utter devastation.’

The words of Salina Mamoru convey something of the detrimental impact of the drought affecting more than 13 million people in East Africa but her appearance and living conditions also speak volumes.

The 37-year-old is staying in the Katilu displacement camp in Turkana, northern Kenya, a dry, sandy and dusty place that has no home comforts.

24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

12 Sep 2011 description

Executive summary

Despite the extraordinary advances of the 21 st century, the devastating impacts of poverty and preventable diseases continue to prevail. While major development efforts are ongoing in countries around the world, the vast majority of those programmes continue to be implemented through segmented divisions and budgets as dictated by institutional structures – such as health, education, nutrition or water and sanitation.

01 Sep 2011 description
report Tearfund

Dangerous levels of malnutrition are increasing in Somalia and many more people are likely to become famine-stricken, according to latest assessments.

In some parts of the drought-affected country, more than 50 per cent of the population are suffering acute malnutrition. Overall, 3.7 million people need food urgently.

Five areas of central and southern Somalia were declared famine zones in July but the Famine Early Warning Systems is warning more areas could join that list over the next four to six weeks.

28 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund partners are increasing the transportation of water to livestock farmers in northern Kenya to help them through severe drought conditions.

A thousand pastoralists who rely on cattle for their livelihoods are receiving supplies in the Turkana and West Pokot areas.

Poor rains have dried up pasture and left many farmers with dead or dying livestock, drastically hitting their income and ability to buy food.

As well as supplying water our partner Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is also planning to repair existing boreholes and water pans.

11 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund partners in East Africa are stepping up efforts to help people going hungry due to drought, failed harvests and rocketing food prices.

Around ten million people are suffering as a result of the crisis that is mainly affecting parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

UNICEF is warning that two million children are malnourished as a result of the drought in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage.


05 Jul 2011 description
report Tearfund

Some ten million people in East Africa are facing severe hunger as some areas experience the worst drought in 60 years destroying crops and livestock.

South east Ethiopia is the hardest hit region, with 3.2 million farming-dependent people experiencing a food crisis, while 3.2 million others are affected in northern Kenya and 2.5 million in Somalia.

This is another blow to a region that has been hit by a succession of climatic challenges, notably in 2009, when years of failed rains and harvests left 20 million people facing life-threatening food and water shortages.

29 Jun 2011 description

G20 countries attending a key development meeting in South Africa today (Wed) must call for the urgent release of promised funds to stop more people from going hungry as food prices skyrocket once again, says the UK Hunger Alliance.

The coalition of international aid agencies says that money should be made available to countries most vulnerable to food insecurity in a new report entitled: Tackling the High Food Price Challenge.

31 May 2010 description


More than 1 billion people are currently undernourished, mostly in the developing world (FAO, 2009a). In Africa, more than 218 million people, or around 30 per cent of the total population, are estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition (FAO, 2009b). Given current trends, governments are unlikely to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger in Africa by 2015 (MDG 1c).

05 Jan 2010 description
report Tearfund

Work to improve water and sanitation standards in poor Ethiopian communities has won a Tearfund partner and a coalition of development organisations a key award.

Efforts to promote behavioural change concerning hygiene, sanitation and water use earned the Ethiopian WASH (water and sanitation) Movement recognition and praise during Africa Water Week.

The movement was also applauded for campaigning to increase the political and social commitment for progress in these areas.

Addise Amado, from Tearfund Ethiopian partner the Kale Heywet Church, received the NGO/Civil Society …