Horn of Africa crisis: What you can do to help

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There is an immediate need for additional funding to address the famine in Somalia and wider food crisis in the Horn. ONE is actively addressing the crisis in two ways: by raising awareness of the famine and needed response through social and traditional media, and by pressing world leaders to step up and quickly fill the $1 billion funding gap for emergency assistance. We need your help – and your voice – on both fronts.

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Children play outside makeshift shelters in Mogadishu. Photo credit: Phil Moore/Concern Worldwide

We also know that many people want to make personal financial contributions to assist in the famine relief. While ONE doesn’t raise money from the public, there are a number of other organizations that are doing effective work on the ground in the Horn and who are actively soliciting donations. We have pulled together the following list of organizations so that you can learn more about them and consider making a donation.

International Organizations:

International Committee of the Red Cross: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is scaling up its emergency operation in central and southern Somalia to assist an additional 1.1 million drought- and conflict-affected people.

UNICEF: This is a child survival crisis. UNICEF is massively scaling up relief efforts to save children’s lives and protect their futures. UNICEF delivers therapeutic foods to treat children suffering from severe malnutrition; provides vaccinations to fight deadly and disabling diseases like measles and polio that threaten malnourished children; improves access to clean water and proper sanitation; supports basic education in communities and camps; and establishes measures to protect children from violence, exploitation, and abuse.

World Food Program: The World Food Program (WFP) is planning to feed 7.9 million of the most vulnerable in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia and has identified an additional 2.2 million people in need in difficult-to-access areas of southern Somalia. WFP has expanded its supplementary feeding programs in Somalia and has airlifted food supplies into Mogadishu to treat around 30,000 malnourished children under the age of 5 for one month. This humanitarian crisis is WFP’s No. 1 global priority, but more resources are urgently needed.

African NGOs:

Gift of the Givers Foundation
The largest disaster relief organization of African origin based in South Africa. Gift of the Givers has set up a feeding centre in Mogadishu that will serve meals after 6 pm to Muslim observing Ramadan during this holy time. Donations are accepted.

Kenyans for Kenya!
A campaign launched by Safaricom, Kenya Red Cross and other partners to raise funds for the victims of drought and famine in Kenya. This campaign uses multiple mediums to raise donations, from the mobile banking platform M-Pesa to retails stores throughout Kenya such as Nakumatt. The campaign can receive international donations through Western Union and bank transfers.

Kenya Red Cross
The official country organization of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Kenya. It is coordinating an almost 2-billion shilling campaign ($21 million USD) to alleviate suffering from the crisis and provide for almost 2 million beneficiaries over the next six months.

French NGOs: (for a more complete list, please check out the ONE France website)

Action against Hunger France : With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

ACTED : For five years, ACTED has been mobilized to support the often remote rural and pastoral communities that struggle in times of relentless drought. From Uganda to Southern Somalia, through Kenya, its teams are operating every day to ensure access the potable water and sanitation, in order to improve the vulnerable populations’ food security, while rebuilding and developing new livelihoods.

German NGOs:

Gemeinsam für Afrika: Gemeinsam für Afrika (“United for Africa”) is a coalition consisting of 23 humanitarian and development organisations. (English version available)

Aktion Deutschland hilft: Aktion Deutschland hilft (“Action Germany helps”) is a union of 11 German relief organizations that provide rapid and effective aid in the case of large catastrophes and emergency situations abroad. (English version available)

United Kingdom NGOs:

Disasters Emergency Committee: The Disasters Emergency Committee unites the 14 leading UK aid agencies in their efforts to finance relief for people suffering major disasters in poorer countries.

U.S. NGO Partners: (for a more complete list, please check out InterAction)

American Refugee Committee: The ARC’s team in Mogadishu is working closely with local organizations to respond to the crisis. Our goal is to provide immediate lifesaving relief – including food and water and sanitation needs – to support the survival of families affected by the famine. ARC distributed food packages, bedding, utensils and soap to over 400 families. With a team of experienced staff in place, and an ongoing partnership with the Somali-American community, ARC is well positioned to coordinate rapid emergency response in affected areas of Somalia.

CARE: CARE is helping more than one million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya. In Dadaab, CARE is the primary distributor of food, water and education. In Ethiopia, CARE supports emergency nutrition programs, livestock operations, and water and sanitation. In Somalia, CARE is rehabilitating water harvesting structures and operating cash-for-work programs. CARE has more than six decades of experience delivering emergency aid during times of crisis with a focus on the most vulnerable populations, particularly girls and women.

Catholic Relief Services: In Ethiopia, CRS is expanding its food distribution program to 1.1 million beneficiaries and is working closely with local partners to provide livelihood support, water, and sanitation. In Somalia, CRS is supporting local partners to assist highly vulnerable, displaced families with basic necessities, such as food packages, support to clinics, therapeutic feeding, and shelter. In Kenya, CRS is working both to assist newly arrived refugees with hygiene, sanitation promotion, and protection, and also to provide water, sanitation, and supplemental feeding to drought-affected Kenyan communities.

Concern Worldwide: Working in the region for over 25 years, Concern Worldwide has long-term development programs in many affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, and launched an immediate response to the drought emergency at its onset in late 2010. Concern is directly reaching over 400,000 people in the Horn of Africa region with clean water, food and interventions to treat and prevent malnutrition. For instance, in Somalia, Concern and its local partners are reaching over 100,000 people in worst-affected areas there.

International Rescue Committee: The IRC runs medical services at one of Dadaab’s three camps, providing lifesaving care for thousands of Somali refugees, including many suffering from acute malnutrition. The IRC provides a range of medical, protection & counseling services to refugee women and girls who have been sexually assaulted. In Ethiopia, the IRC is installing or expanding water-supply systems in camps that serve 82,000 Somali refugees. In central Somalia, the IRC is ensuring access to water for 32,000 people.

Islamic Relief: Islamic Relief Worldwide has provided emergency drought response in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, including three districts in Puntland, Somalia. This response has led to the successful delivery of 7 liters of water a day to 35,406 for a period of one month and the provision of essential primary healthcare services to an additional 1,322 women and children.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps’ teams in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are responding, by distributing food and water and expanding critical relief efforts. Mercy Corps is on the ground helping more than 900,000 people in the region survive, and we are ramping up to help even more.

Oxfam America: Oxfam America is responding to the crisis by providing life-saving water, sanitation services, food, and cash with the goal of reaching 3 million people, including 700,000 in Ethiopia, 1.3 million in Kenya, and 500,000 in Somalia.

Save the Children: Save the Children has launched a major humanitarian response in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, feeding tens of thousands of underweight children, providing life-saving medical treatment, and getting clean water to remote communities. Save is also helping communities adapt to more frequent droughts, reducing the number of children at risk in any future food crises.

World Concern: World Concern is providing emergency food, water and supplies to approximately 10,000 of the most vulnerable and underserved people affected by the famine in a cross-border response in Kenya and southern Somalia.

World Vision: World Vision is distributing emergency food, water and health care and meeting other urgent needs for children and families.

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