East Africa Hunger Crisis
During the hunger crisis, combination of drought, conflict, flooding and hyperinflation left more than 12 million children hungry across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. 8.5 million people left their homes: most due to conflict, with children often witnessing or experiencing horrific violence, exploitation and abuse.
Children were at the most risk. When families don’t have the ability to grow or purchase food, children pay the price. Increased hunger forced young girls into early marriage, made children drop out of school, pushed boys and girls into child labour and other dangerous ways of surviving.
Helping children survive, thrive and return to school
We have a longstanding presence in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia, running humanitarian and development projects. During the hunger crisis our local teams helped the poorest and most vulnerable: malnourished young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, female-headed households, orphans, disabled breadwinners and the elderly. We also prioritised families who had lost their livelihoods, minorities and other socially excluded people.
More than 1.8 million people were helped in October 2018 alone through our response to food insecurity, conflict, displacement and flooding throughout parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.
We aim to provide 250,000 more people with assistance to recover from flooding and Tropical Storm Sagar’s aftermath. We are supporting people with healthcare, food security and livelihood assistance, improved access to clean water and sanitation systems, helping to restore learning environments and supplying essential relief items.
ON THE GROUND
We continue to support the children of East Africa and you can find out more about our continuing relief work on our South Sudan conflict page.
We helped some of the most vulnerable children and their families in some of the hardest hit areas in Puntland, Somaliland and South West State.Read more
We helped some of the most vulnerable children and their families in some of the hardest hit areas in Puntland, Somaliland and South West State.
With DEC funding:
- 50,837 people have received cash transfers, livelihood support, protection and water, sanitation, hygiene and health interventions. These interventions under the DEC came to an end in August 2018 for people most affected by the hunger crisis. 6,235 people (of which 3,587 were children) have been able to access basic health care services at mobile clinics.
- We trained and equipped 130 community members to conduct basic health checks and pass along good nutrition and hygiene messages.
- 23,024 have received clean water from newly dug boreholes.
- 1,500 people now have access to toilets from newly constructed latrines.
- 7,920 people learned about washing hands after using the toilet and how to keep water clean through our hygiene promotion campaigns.
- 1,137 individuals have received food through vouchers.
- 14,140 people helped to improve their community by improving roads, collecting rubbish in cash for work activities.
- 315 community members were trained to recognise gender-based violence and how to refer people to essential services that support their safety, health and access to justice.
- 55 health workers were trained on how to treat survivors of sexual violence.
As people continue to flee, it’s becoming more and more difficult to provide food to the people of South Sudan. Food insecurity continues to break records.Read more
As people continue to flee, it’s becoming more and more difficult to provide food to the people of South Sudan. Food insecurity continues to break records. Please see our South Sudan page for an update on our continuing support to the children of South Sudan.
With DEC funding:
- One village in northern South Sudan has seen a massive population increase as families escape conflict elsewhere. The small water source that attracted them is not enough for everyone. We delivered an average of 90,000 litres of water daily (approx 15 to 18 litres per person, per day).
- 6,790 internally displaced people and host communities now have clean water sources.
- 11,064 people received different messages on personal hygiene, environmental hygiene, water safety and food safety.
- We provided 15,473 mothers and children with nutritional information.
- 96 mothers were trained on how to create a gardens to feed their children.
- 9,103 children now have a safe place that they can play and be children.
- 71,890 children were screened for malnutrition, and 52,345 were treated for malnutrition.
- 65 women were provided with seeds and tools able to start kitchen gardens.
- 12,507 children attend eight child friendly spaces, providing children with a safe space to play.
- Toilet facilities were constructed in three nutrition centres which were screening children for malnutrition and providing care to them.
- 4,200 people benefitted from hygiene promotion, mostly conducted by mother support groups with our help.
We're working with the World Food Programme on blanket supplementary feeding programmes, reaching large numbers of children with nutritious food.Read more
- We're working with the World Food Programme on blanket supplementary feeding programmes, reaching large numbers of children with nutritious food.
- At the same time, we're repairing dilapidated wells and small dams to ensure water is available and accessible to 120,000 people in the most affected communities.
- We are also travelling to hard-to-reach areas to identify and treat malnourished children.
So far you've given more than £814,000 for children and families affected by the East Africa Crisis.
International children’s charity, World Vision has urged the UK government to redouble its efforts to support peace in South Sudan and end its child soldier crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of malnutrition, disease and even death due to major flooding across East Africa, World Vision warned today.
World Vision urges the UK government to put pressure on the international community to respond urgently to the hunger crisis in Somalia before it’s too late.