Ethiopia drought impacts 10 million
Canadians can help those suffering through worst drought in 50 years
TORONTO — It’s difficult to prepare for a country-wide drought, especially when 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas and depends on farming to make a living. That’s the case in Ethiopia, where Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is responding to a crisis affecting more than 10-million children, women and men.
“Extreme weather in Ethiopia has caused massive crop failures, affecting farmers and their families across most of the country,” says Feleke Tadele, CCFC Ethiopia country director, referring to the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon. “The situation has become urgent.”
More than two million pregnant and nursing women as well as children (under the age of five) require treatment for acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations. “Things have gone from bad to worse,” affirms Tadele. “Millions of people are affected, and, without our support, their situation will lead to death.”
To date, only half of the $1.4 billion in aid required to address the needs in Ethiopia has been provided by the international community, leaving a critical funding gap. CCFC is working alongside the Government of Ethiopia to distribute essential food to families in need and support schools.
Canadians currently support 50,000 in Ethiopia through CCFC sponsorship and community projects. Approximately 75 percent of those living in CCFC program communities have been impacted by the drought. To help these children and families in need, visit ccfcanada.ca/drought-in-Ethiopia.
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