Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people face starvation and nearly 5 million people urgently need food. This crisis follows more than three years of devastating conflict, which has left millions of people without a safe place to call home.
The situation is also grave in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia where 14 million people are going hungry every day, caught up in the region’s worst drought in 50 years. In Somalia alone, over 360,000 children under five are extremely malnourished.
The situation is deteriorating rapidly. A major catastrophe is unfolding.
Two weeks ago the congregation at All Saints church was asked if they would like to contribute to this appeal. £145 was donated. The PCC also agreed to contribute a further £300 from our away giving budget, totalling £445. This money has already been sent to Christian Aid by the treasurer.
How our donations will help
With our help, Christian Aid will provide school meals to children, give cash and food vouchers to families, and repair water sources.
In Kenya and Ethiopia, their partners are ready to respond in some of the worst-affected areas. In Somalia, they plan to work with their ACT Alliance sister agencies to provide support.
In South Sudan, their partners have long been providing life-saving help: distributing seeds, farming tools and fishing gear so families can access nutritious food. They have also provided agricultural training, repaired community water points, built latrines and handed out sanitation and hygiene supplies.