17.11.2017

FAMINE IN AFRICA

Thanks to your generosity since last April’s launch of the fundraising campaign, Swiss Solidarity have raised nearly 19 million francs. Twelve of our partner organisations have committed to helping around 800,000 people in South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. Requests for support from NGOs have outstripped our means. In early December, our panel of experts will allocate the final million francs worth of donations.

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19 million francs to help around 800,000 people

Drought in Africa remains one of the forgotten crises. The situation in South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, which have been hit by both conflict and drought, remains extremely critical for millions of people. While pockets of famine, strictly speaking, have not materialised, there remain vast regions categorised as urgent where entire populations depend completely on humanitarian aid for their survival.

A major segment of the population has also sought refuge in neighbouring countries, including Uganda and Niger. Your donations help fund emergency relief, providing access to drinking water, therapeutic foods for severely malnourished children, food distribution, medical care and hygiene measures to keep disease from spreading. Child protection measures and mental health counselling for people traumatised by war are also funded.

"I’ve seen first-hand how our aid helps refugees. When they first arrived, they had to dig into the ground just to find water, but now, they can use the wells we financed."
Mai Groth, a project officer at Swiss Solidarity who recently returned from the Bidibidi refugee camp in Uganda

So far, your donation has enabled us to:

• Fund 18 projects in Somalia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and South Sudan carried out by 12 partner NGOs:

ADRA, Caritas, Swiss Red Cross, ICRC, Christoffel Blindenmission, EPER, Handicap International, MSF, Medair, Terre des hommes – child relief and Save the Children, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières

• Reach around 800,00 children, women and men