Update on the drought in Africa

11 November 2011

Civilians in the Netherlands have raised over 25 million euros for the victims of the drought in the Horn of Africa during a national campaign in July and August, which was coordinated by ICCO and Kerk in Actie. The money is divided under the ten biggest Dutch aid organizations (including ICCO and Kerk in Actie) which offer emergency aid to the victims. The largest part is spent on food and, drinking water supplies. The money is particularly spent in Ethiopia, Kenya and in Somalia.

In Ethiopia 1,5 million euros is spent on food aid for pregnant women and children under the age of five, clean drinking water and food for work programmes. In Kenya 400.000 euros is spent on drinking water supplies, safety in the refugee camp and social psychiological aid. Another Act Alliance partner is working on the recovery of livestock and agriculture.

Besides the help we give Somali refugees in camps in Kenya and Dolo Ado Dabab in Ethiopia, ICCO is also active in Somalia itself. With three tons of emergency relief we support our local partner the ACT Alliance network. This partner works in 20 refugee camps around the capital Mogadishu and supports 4,500 families with the construction of toilet facilities, basic food (beans, rice and vegetable oil), such as plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats and soap.

More information can be found on the website of our partner ACT Alliance