East Africa Crisis – One Year On

As you may remember, the latter half of 2011 saw the Horn and East Africa region struck by a devastating drought. The subsequent appeal for aid saw an overwhelming response from CAFOD supporters in Westminster and across the UK. Now, one year on, the effects of your generosity are starting to show.

Faith Syongu Muimi, her husband Jacob Ngali Mwanzia with their children Josephine and Gerald by the newly constructed Ikitula earth dam in Kenya.

Thanks to your support, CAFOD was able to raise a total of £4.9million in donations. This, added to a further £2million from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and £3million from other partners, has helped to make a vast difference in some of the most badly affected areas.

Your efforts have allowed us to provide emergency aid to countries such as Kenya and Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. The money you raised is providing communities with emergency food, water and health care supplies, as well as helping them to better prepare for future disasters with such precautions as artificial reservoirs and drought-tolerant seeds.

St Albans students Emet (centre) and Theo (at the back in a blue shirt) visiting Kenya with CAFOD last year to show Westminster’s support.

One particularly heart-warming story of how your contributions have helped is that of 64-year-old John Kitheka. John, a father of six, is blind and his wife, Josephine, also suffers from a disability. As such, when the drought hit his home country of Kenya, John was worried about how his family would cope. Thanks to your support, he received money with which he was able to buy food and clothes for his family and a goat which he named CAFOD as a show of gratitude.

John Kitheka, his wife Josephine and the goat you helped them to afford, CAFOD.

You can read more about John and his goat called CAFOD here. To learn more about CAFOD’s continuing efforts in East Africa click here.

CAFOD is currently responding to a food shortage in West Africa. To find out what we’re doing and how you may be able to act click here.

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