ADRA @ Work
Somalia: In Somalia, the number of malnourished children is now reaching 450,000. ADRA has enhanced its existing interventions with additional distributions of urgently needed food and emergency nonfood items. ADRA is rehabilitating water points and is trucking water to drought-stricken areas. ADRA’s interventions in Somaliland, Puntland, and Central Somalia have benefited more than 120,000 people. The lack of adequate rains will prolong and exacerbate the emergency conditions.
Ethiopia: The Western Somali region in Ethiopia has experienced very low rainfall, which has had a devastating impact on pastoral communities. Along with emergency water trucking and distribution of essential nonfood items, ADRA has provided livestock feed and veterinary assistance to protect the assets of the farming communities. Through this assistance, ADRA is helping secure the livelihoods of thousands of people who are dependent upon their valuable livestock.
Uganda: Parts of the country of Uganda continue to experience acute food shortages, especially in the northern Karamoja region. ADRA has initiated a six-month intervention, providing 5,000 households with ongoing food rations. Officials state that more than 1 million people in the region are experiencing hunger and/or malnutrition as a result of the drought. The situation in Uganda grows more tenuous as mudslides and floods are destroying drought-resistant crops expected for harvesting this fall.
Kenya: In Kenya, with refugees fleeing Somalia at the rate of 800 per day, the country remains overburdened. ADRA is implementing a multifaceted response that includes the distribution of food, installation of water tanks, water trucking, construction of sanitation facilities, training in hygiene and sanitation, and distribution of livestock feed, shelter, medicines, and health staff. An estimated 520,000 people will benefit from the agency’s response.