Recovering from an emergency, with other threats looming
An update on the Ethiopian drought that was dubbed the worst drought in 50 years
ETHIOPIA — This summer, reports of 10-million Ethiopians affected by drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon permeated the international community. Although challenges remain, concerned Canadians donated more than $120,000 to Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) to support our program areas, and positive news has sprouted.
Working with the Government of Ethiopia, CCFC provided: wheat, pulses and oil to 2,400 people; books and school supplies to 20 drought-affected schools, supporting 3,800 students; salary coverage for more than 13 elementary teachers; as well as wheat and bean seeds to more than 850 farmers, among other resources.
And, although flash floods have affected some regions due to the arrival of rainy season, in other areas some farmers are still praying for more rain. “I am very grateful to have received seeds during this difficult time. Without the seeds I received I would have had nothing to plant this year,” said Bulu Shese, a farmer and father of four living in Horakadho, Ethiopia. His story doesn’t end there. The wheat Shese planted is beginning to grow, but he is hoping the rain will continue so his crop can mature.
Stay tuned as CCFC continues to monitor the situation and help where needed. If you want to help, call 1-800-263-5437.