More than 10 million people across Ethiopia are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation, so CAFOD is appealing to its supporters across Clifton for urgent funds to help.
The devastating food shortage has been caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded.
The two failed rainy seasons, supply over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops. The lack of a harvest this year has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals.
CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water.
CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought.
We are is appealing for £3 million which will allow CAFOD to scale up its current emergency response work across four of the worst affected areas; SNNPR Region State, Oromia Regional State, Tigray and Afar Regional States.
Even the smallest donation can make a massive difference to help us reach people in remote and isolated communities. Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us:
“Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”
- £16 can buy 100kg of maize to feed a family of five for a month
- £35 provides a monthly food basket containing wheat, cooking oil and pulses
- £83 can provide 100kg of wheat seeds for farmers to sow
Elizabeth Baldwin, who works in the CAFOD office in Clifton, said:
“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.
“Our supporters here in Bristol have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work. We already have six parishes in the Diocese who have been twinned with Sebeya, a community in Ethiopia for two years. They are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”