ADRA meets urgent needs in East Africa

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More than 10 million people are without enough food or water as a result of severe droughts throughout East Africa. In response, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia is supporting efforts to provide food and water to those worst affected.–

The drought, which is considered the worst to hit the region in decades, is a result of failed seasonal rains throughout 2010 and 2011. Significant rains, relied upon to replenish drinking supplies, top-up irrigation reserves and water the arid soil, have not fallen for more than twelve months.

In Somalia, ADRA is targeting 19,000 people in pastoral communities by providing clean water and basic equipment including jerry cans, sleeping mats and mosquito nets.

“ADRA Australia has acted immediately in conjunction with the ADRA’s global network to provide food and water to more than 25,000 affected people,” said Chris Olafson, emergency management director for ADRA Australia.

In Somalia, ADRA is targeting 19,000 people in pastoral communities by providing clean water and basic equipment including jerry cans, sleeping mats and mosquito nets. Those most impacted by the project will be women, children and elderly people who are unable to move with animals in search of pasture and water. The area has experienced very low rainfall, a devastating setback to the pastoral communities who rely entirely on their livestock for their livelihood. Along with an emergency water trucking response and distribution of essential non-food items, ADRA will be providing livestock feed and veterinary assistance to protect the assets of the farming communities. Through this intervention, ADRA is helping secure the livelihoods of thousands who are dependent upon their highly valuable livestock.

In eastern Kenya, where the impact of the drought is most severe, ADRA is installing large tanks at two schools and a health-care facility, ensuring thousands will have access to life-saving water.

Additionally, ADRA Kenya is providing two months food supplies to 200 families with young children. The emergency food packs will include flour, beans, oil and salt, along with fortified soy-milk for infants.

In the previous twelve months ADRA has responded to emergencies including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Christchurch earthquake and Pakistan floods. In addition, ADRA Australia has responded to national emergencies including the south-east Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi and the Perth bushfires.

Donations towards ADRA Australia’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund will be used to support responses to emergencies such as this around the world. To donate, visit www.adra.org.au or free-call 1800 24 ADRA (2372)

ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian organisation that empowers communities and changes live. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.