A devastating water and food shortage is putting more than 26 million children in danger in east and southern Africa. 1.2 million children face severe malnutrition.
Children and families are expereriencing severe food and water shortages across the whole of east and southern Africa. Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years, while southern Africa is having one of the driest seasons in more than 35 years.
Without enough food and clean water, children’s lives are in extreme danger.
How are children affected by the crisis?
Right now, millions of children are facing desperate hunger, disease and lack of clean water. These children also face reduced access to education and increased threats of violence and abuse as families’ lives and livelihoods are put under such strain.
The lack of rain and extreme temperatures have made crops fail, causing the price of food to rise across the region, leading families to skip meals, pull their children out of school to help with family income, and sell- off valuable assets just to put food on the table. While this may ensure their survival today, in the long term it reduces families’ resilience to drought and other threats.
No child should have to suffer like this. We must act now to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance to children and families in affected areas.
How will my donation help children?
Unicef is working with Governments and partners across east and southern Africa to reduce the impact of the drought on children’s nutrition, health, wellbeing and education and to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.
In Ethiopia alone, Unicef plans to provide 2.2 million people with access to safe water by trucking in clean water, handing out water purification tables to families so they can purify the dirty water they’re forced to drink, and drilling to establish new wells for entire communities. But with so many more children across the region at risk during this drought, we need more support to reach not just those in Ethiopia, but all across east and southern Africa.
Why monthly gifts make a big difference?
Giving regularly to Unicef helps us plan ahead and make a lasting difference to children lives.
By choosing to give regularly each month you will be helping us to plan ahead and make lasting change for children. We all need to know how much we’ve got coming in, so we know how much we can spend – and it’s exactly the same for Unicef and our work for children.
The more we can plan ahead, the more we can look to the future and provide long-term sustainable solutions for children.
You can help us save lives. Please donate today and help us reach more desperately hungry children affected by the food crisis.
For the first 12 months monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the east and southern Africa child food crisis. After that they will go to our Children's Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef's funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to the Children's Emergency Fund.