East Africa Famine

The Canadian Government just announced the Famine Relief Fund in response to the extreme hunger and famine crisis in East Africa.

All donations towards the famine relief efforts will be matched from March 17 – June 30.

Islamic Relief Canada responds as part of the Humanitarian Coalition to this joint national campaign.

Severe drought and famine has caused a humanitarian crisis of frightening proportions. Across South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia and Kenya, more than 20 million people suffer the brunt of famine.

Due to months-long and widespread drought across the region, a surge in volatile conflict erupted across the region, causing unprecedented food insecurity and mass displacement. With nothing to eat, and nowhere to go, families are dying of starvation. Their needs are urgent and simple –food, water, sanitation– and the fatal difference is your donation

If we do not act quickly enough, humanitarian assistance will be inadequate. This means that populations facing starvation quickly move to the brink of famine, with epidemic levels of disease, malnutrition and death.

This emergency is worse than the 2011 famine and the worst in 100 years.

1 million children under the age of 5 will be acutely malnourished this year and more than 80% of livestock has been lost, making for unprecedented disaster.

Islamic Relief is on the ground right now responding to the devastating impact of conflict and climate in each country. Our emergency response provides immediate clean water and food packs. We also help with prevention programs to increase household resilience to drought. We need urgent funding on a daily basis to sustain our efforts before it is too late.

Your donation can mean the difference between life or death.

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YOUR DONATIONS IN ACTION

What we’re doing in:

Islamic Relief Canada provides emergency food packs and water trucking on a daily basis in response to the famine and drought.

In addition, we also serve close to 10,000 internally displaced peoples (IDPs) who are facing acute shortages of water, food and other psychological support.

This project provides food packets for the affected population, as well as provision of water, and distribution of mosquito nets and blankets.

Islamic Relief Canada provides emergency food packs and water trucking on a daily basis in response to the famine. In addition, we support 600 extremely poor and vulnerable orphan households (3600 individuals) in Garowe and the neighbouring region to provide access to food and livelihood security, as well as empowerment and social development.

Orphan families will be economically transformed and will have income raised to meet their daily basic necessities.

By the end of the project, there will be an improved standard of living in orphan families earning at-least $2 dollars a day and children will have access to education.

Islamic Relief Canada provides emergency food packs and water trucking on a daily basis in response to the famine.

In addition, we provide life-saving assistance to conflict affected people addressing food and health needs in the besieged areas of Taiz and Aden. As part of this project, 2,000 families receive emergency food for 4 months and lifesaving health support.

This addresses a huge gap in the health field, by providing medications and oxygen canister to 1500 patients in 6 health facilities within the region.

Islamic Relief Canada provides emergency food packs and water trucking on a daily basis in response to the famine.

We are also dispatching mobile health teams to the drought afflicted populations, and providing emergency health care to the neediest families (mainly focusing on pregnant women, new mothers and children under the age of 5).

We have also worked to provide water through water wells to the affected families and providing basic hygiene training to raise awareness on water borne illnesses and their prevention.

Islamic Relief provides emergency food packs and water trucking on a daily basis in response to the famine.

Additionally, we currently provide sustainable water supplies to the conflict prone area of Wargadud. 

This entails drilling and equipping one borehole with generator sets, submersible pumps, elevated water tanks, pipeline/distribution systems and civil works of power house and water vending points/kiosks. It also includes building capacity of the water user associations to sustain and maintain the established water systems with minimum costs.