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 Plymouth 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. CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water. We now appealing for £3 million to ensure that we can help the most remote communities.
We have already received incredible support from the local community. Parishes in Plymouth have been building a relationship with an Ethiopian village called Sebeya for over five years. Two years ago, Abba Teum, Abba Solomon and Tamiru Legesse travelled from Ethiopia and visited Plymouth to thank and meet the people who had fundraised for their community.
Simon Giarchi who works in the Plymouth office said:
“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.
“We already have 5 parishes that have been supporting a community in Ethiopia for five years. Our supporters here in Plymouth have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work. We already know that they are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”
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.
- £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
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.”