Thank you to all our volunteers who have already been in touch this week to let us know they are supporting our Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal. Volunteers throughout the diocese are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia and because of this we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.
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 the Portsmouth diocese 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
Here in Portsmouth we already have 5 parishes who are part of Connect2:Ethiopia and who regularly hear from our partners working in Sebeya.
Thank you all for your hard work at this time and please join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters suffering from the effects of this drought.