Horn of Africa: delivering urgently-needed aid
13/01/2012 3:33:21 PM
Thanks to the wonderful response of our supporters to the Horn of Africa Emergency Appeal
, and the Australian Government’s Dollar for Dollar matching scheme, Act for Peace has sent almost $1 million through our project partners to support communities affected by drought and conflict in Somalia and Ethiopia.
Our project partners in Somalia are among the very few organisations that are able to work in the hardest-hit areas of the country. They have had people on the ground in these areas for many years, and work through a strong local network that ensures rapid and effective action.
They have been at work in highly vulnerable and famine declared areas of Somalia, including the Lower Shabelle and Gedo regions, distributing food (corn, rice, sugar and cooking oil), protein supplements, water, and a special nutritional compound to undernourished children. In Mogadishu, they have drilled wells to supply tens of thousands of people with clean drinking water.
In total, our partners in Somalia reached out to over 70,000 people during the second half of 2011.
Christoph Pueschner/ACT Alliance
An aid worker distributes rice in a refugee camp in Somalia.
In the refugee camps in the Dolo Ado area of Ethiopia, on the Somali border, our partners have focused on delivering clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This work has included:
• Drilling wells to provide clean water
• Distributing parcels to camp residents containing sanitary items
• Installing latrines in the camps
• Conducting hygiene awareness activities.
Due to continuing need in the Oromia region, our partner is supporting more than 35,000 families though the provision of food grain, small animals such as sheep and goats to assist with restocking, agricultural seed, and potable and irrigated water supplies for farming communities. This work will continue until at least July 2012.