Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency: The El Niño global climatic event wreaked havoc on Ethiopia’s 2015 spring and summer rains driving food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in affected areas of the country. A well-coordinated response is underway, although the scale of the emergency exceeds resources available. Given the lead times necessary for the procurement of relief items, the Government and its partners urge immediate and sustained support for this slow onset natural disaster.
USAID Announces Additional 35 Million USD Funding for Ethiopia
The United States commits a further US$35 million to meet immediate humanitarian needs, protect development gains, and complement longterm efforts to build the country’s resilience to climate change. This was announced by Ms. Leslie Reed, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director, on August 19 at a gathering of Government of Ethiopia representatives and humanitarian partners to mark World Humanitarian Day. This brings the total contribution of the United States to US$774 million since the El Niño induced drought developed in 2015.
Commending other international partners who donated to the drought response, Ms. Reed noted that through joint efforts by the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners, relief food assistance was provided to more than 10 million people and seeds to farmers whose livelihoods were at risk. She emphasized that the response was not over yet. “And while it takes time for seeds to grow, it takes even longer for families to recover, to begin building up their assets again. That will be our next group effort: Helping families to get back to their feet and to become more resilient so that the next time there is a drought – and we are fairly certain there will be a next time considering the cyclical droughts which affect the Horn of Africa – Ethiopian families will be in better shape to get through it.”, she concluded.
Education Sector requires $36.3 million until the end of 2016
Four million school children require school feeding in the first semester of the new academic year. The Ministry of Education has been providing school feeding for 2.9 million school children in drought and flood-affected areas. To compliment the programme provided by the Government, humanitarian partners will provide 1.1 million school children with school feeding to minimize dropout due to lack of food.
In addition, partners will construct 345 temporary learning centres (TLCs) for 309,976 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); provide water for 2,325 schools; conduct training for 6,758 teachers (ToT) on psychosocial first aid (PFA) and on management of school feeding.
These programmes will enable the continued education of children impacted by drought and flooding. Education supplies for approximately four million children are needed for the next academic year (in September) due to inability of households to pay for these items themselves. Subsequently, $36.3 million is needed until the end of 2016 to ensure that education provision is not disrupted in the coming year.
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