Project information

East Africa Drought Response

To provide emergency relief and save lives.

As long as the emergency lasts

Charity information: International Rescue Committee UK

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  • Need


    The immediate needs of refugees fleeing areas in East Africa affected by drought. The ongoing drought in East Africa has led to record levels of malnutrition, lack of water and food. Thousands of people are fleeing the areas that have been hit hardest.


    The IRC is already on the ground providing water and emergency health care and supporting livelihoods to help people get back on their feet. We work in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda, helping millions of people fighting for survival.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To treat severely malnourished children and pregnant women arriving at Dadaab.


    » We have a feeding programme for acute and severely malnourished children and pregnant women and lactating mothers.
    » We provide safe motherhood services to more than 100,000 women.
    » We also run a 120-bed hospital and four clinics.

    Success will be a reduction in acute malnutrition of women and children.

    Aim 2

    To provide emegency water supplies to drought affected communities in Ethipoia and Somalia.


    » We have been trucking in water to thousands of people and distributing water purification chemicals.
    » We have been constructing and restoring wells and boreholes.

    Success will be ensuring life-saving access to water as long as the drought lasts.

    Aim 3

    Restoring livelihoods so people can can earn a living and support their families.


    » We are running cash-for-work programmes so that people can meet their basic needs.

    Success will be people able to feed their families.

  • Impact


    This is part of our long term development work in the region, finding durable solutions for people affected by conflict and natural disaster. With 20 years experience in the region we have built lasting relationships with communities in the region and understand both the short and long term challenges facing people in the region. We also place great importance on research and evaluation of projects so we know what works and what doesn't.


    We have expert emergency response teams on the ground assessing the situation and advising how best to respond.


    Updates on our website and via e-newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Emergency response Emergency response to drought
  • Background


    Kenya, Ethipoia, Somalia


    Refugees and host communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With almost 80 years experience responding to emergencies and 20 years in East Africa, we are very well placed to respond the the needs of people affected by the drought. We have expert emergency response teams already on the ground and we're already working with the communities that are now affected by the drought.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bob Kitchen

    He is the head of our emergency response team.