Heavy monsoon rains over the last month have caused widespread flooding of homes, livestock, food stores and farmland in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. The plight of the affected, particularly the displaced population, is a dire situation which requires an immediate response. Over 5.4 million people have been impacted and the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 70% of standing crops have been destroyed. The majority of Sindh residents are poor and landless, relying on agriculture and livestock production in order to provide for their families.
Famine, food shortages, malnutrition, massive loss of livestock and skyrocketing food prices continue to affect more than 11 million people in East African countries as drought and hunger spread across the region.
As famine and drought continues to spread across countries in the Horn of Africa, PWS&D is increasing its response to this crisis by working through the ACT Alliance to support Somali refugees arriving at the ACT-run Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya.
More than 3.7 million Somalis—50% of the population—are in need of humanitarian assistance and struggling with extremely high rates of malnutrition. Across the country, crops have failed, a substantial proportion of livestock have died and local food prices have skyrocketed.
PWS&D is working in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support the people of Eastern Africa as they suffer from the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years.
The World Food Program estimates at least 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Dijibouti, Uganda and Sudan will now require food assistance following two years of prolonged drought. The lack of rains has damaged crops, dried up existing sources of water and led to higher grain prices.
Gifts to the PWS&D Care for a Child program (#PWEDU01) are helping vulnerable children around the world attend school in order to reach for their dreams.