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10 Jun 2016 description

The Catholic aid charity CAFOD today launched an emergency appeal to help millions of people facing hunger in Ethiopia.

CAFOD is appealing for £3 million, as more than 10.2 million people across the country are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.

16 Oct 2013 description

CAFOD report says climate change hits the poor first and worst

CAFOD has released a new report into the effects of climate change. What have we done? How the changing climate is hitting the poorest hardest looks at how climate change is impacting upon food security and the lives of the poor, in particular the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.

Work to be done

01 Aug 2013 description

As fighting in Jonglei State forces 180,000 people from their homes, CAFOD is continuing to support families whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Recent clashes in the troubled South Sudanese state of Jonglei have forced an estimated 180,000 people to flee their homes. With some towns almost completely abandoned, many families are thought to be taking refuge in forests and scrubland, surviving off wild leaves and fruit. Others have fled to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, or crossed into Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda as refugees.

04 Apr 2013 description

Sunday 7 April is World Health Day. CAFOD is working to improve the health and wellbeing of mums with HIV, and working to prevent them passing on the virus to their children.

Mihret Mehari is a 32-year-old mum from Ethiopia. After she lost two babies, her husband left her - with two older children to care for as well as three siblings.

Then she then fell seriously ill, and discovered she was HIV positive.

Mihret is supported by CAFOD’s partner ADCS. She started antiretroviral drugs and joined the community based HIV support project.

06 Jul 2012 description

“The land was so bare that you could only see red earth,” says Dawit Sora. “Now grass is growing and the land is reviving.”

Help us respond to emergencies as soon as they happen

During the drought that hit East Africa in 2011, hundreds of thousands of animals died because of a lack of pasture and water. This had a devastating effect on pastoralist families, who relied on their animals for milk, food and as the main assets that they owned.

04 Jul 2012 description

“I used to have 30 cattle before, but I lost 16 to the drought,” says Berako Golduma from Borena in southern Ethiopia.

As a pastoralist, Berako relies on his cattle as a kind of living bank: they aren’t simply a source of food and milk, they are also the main assets he owns. But during last year’s devastating drought, Berako’s cattle died at an alarming rate, because of a lack of water and pasture. He used to have to walk for hours each day to collect grass for the cattle to eat: they were too weak to make the journey themselves.

07 Oct 2011 description

Thanks to your amazing generosity, we are helping families to survive the current drought – and to prepare for an uncertain future.

Droughts are nothing new in southern Ethiopia. Pastoralists, who rely on their livestock as a kind of living bank, are used to coping with dry years, and expect to lose some of their animals when rainy seasons fail. But they also expect to rebuild their herds in the good years, when water supplies are replenished.

20 Aug 2011 description

CAFOD supporters have raised over £4.7 million for our East Africa Crisis appeal. Thanks to your generous donations, we have reached more than 250,000 people facing the crisis in East Africa.

Please donate to our East Africa Crisis appeal>>

What your money is providing:


Emergency food aid (including cash or food for work projects) for more than 36,000 people

Clean water for more than 18,000 people, and water-points that will deliver clean water to 120,000 more.

08 Jul 2011 description

What has happened?

27 May 2011 description

Eight million people are facing food and water shortages as a drought worsens in the East and Horn of Africa.

Please give to our Emergency Response Fund>>

Poor rains in East Africa have led to failed harvests, serious water and pasture shortages, and the deaths of thousands of animals.

02 Feb 2011 description

We are supporting health clinics in Ethiopia that provide feeding programmes for the most vulnerable - including children, pregnant women and people living with HIV.

Help us change lives around the world>>

Nitsihiti Girmay, 45, lives in a small village in northern Ethiopia. Since her husband died seven years ago, she has supported her family by running a business buying and selling salt, sugar, and oil.

10 Oct 2010 description

When drought hit East Africa last year, 6.2 million families needed lifesaving intervention. One year on, aid-worker Birhanu Waka returns to one of the worst-hit areas - and thanks to your help, discovers stories of hope.

Mum-of-five Tume Gelgelo is washing clothes at the dam she helped build. It's half an hour's walk from her village in Ethiopia.

19 Mar 2010 description


The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

20 Jan 2010 description


A humanitarian emergency, by definition, requires immediate action, and for emergency actors to be able to respond they need access to quick and flexible funding.

01 Oct 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report analyses the current state of global humanitarian reform efforts from an NGO perspective by synthesising a series of mapping studies carried out between November 2008 and February 2009 that looked at humanitarian reform in five different countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Lessons from other contexts are also brought in to strengthen the analysis and provide an overview of humanitarian reform.

30 Jun 2009 description


Coming together in formal networks is a relatively new phenomenon among civil society organisations in Ethiopia. Therefore, the appreciation and understanding of the benefits that networks may bring is relatively underdeveloped within the country. Four important Ethiopian networks have been considering this question in their own work and through participation in a joint project entitled "Organisational strengthening in key civil society networks".

17 Jul 2008 description

Selina Donnelly meets women in the West Arsi zone of Ethiopia, who have come to find supplementary food for their malnourished babies

When imagining a drought affected area, stretches of arid, dusty land is what comes to mind.

10 Jun 2008 description

CAFOD has pledged an initial 80,000 Euros to partners who are providing vital support to 4.5 million people affected by the harvest failure in Ethiopia

CAFOD's aid is part of an initial 200,000 Euro joint response with Trocaire and SCIAF.

It is a first phase response and it is expected that more help will be needed over the coming months.

Failed harvest

Latest government figures estimate that more than 4.5 million people are in need of emergency food aid and 75,000 children are severely malnourished.

Drought earlier this year has resulted in almost total harvest failure …