In 2011, terrible pictures reached us from East Africa: malnourished children, animals dying of hunger and thirst, and many people forced to flee because of conflict and the lack of food and water.
The population of the Horn of Africa, in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya in particular, was experiencing the worst drought for 60 years.
Some 13 million people were affected by the crisis. To survive, they needed food, water, medical care and a roof over their heads.
Our partner relief organizations continued to provide this aid even as they repeatedly faced security problems and obstacles to their work in war-torn Somalia.
Your donation makes a difference. Thanks to your support, the people in the Horn of Africa received drinking water, food, mosquito nets and feed for their animals.
The first phase of our relief effort concentrated very clearly on emergency survival help. Our partner relief organizations distributed food, water, personal hygiene items and mosquito nets.
Malnourished children were given special high-energy food, and the sick and weak received medical attention.
In the second phase, we focused on giving the victims better protection against future droughts and disasters.
For example, our partner relief organizations not only distributed water, but also built wells and other systems to extract and store drinking water.
This was done for humans and livestock alike. They also distributed seed which is particularly resistant to drought, and showed the local people alternative forms of agriculture that would bring them better harvests.
"I hope to earn a little more money and give my children a better future. I want them to gain qualifications, and to train for a job that provides a living."Mogess Yalev, farmer in Ethiopia. Thanks to assistance from Helvetas and Swiss Solidarity, he has been able to increase his yields significantly
Our partner relief organizations carry out projects which are tailored precisely to the needs of their beneficiaries:
One year ago, in July 2011, Swiss Solidarity opened a donation account for victims of the famine in East Africa afflicting some 13 million people.
After the devastating drought of summer 2011 in East Africa, some 13 million people were threatened with dying from starvation and reliant on humanitarian aid.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia