Two failed rainy seasons which supply over 80% of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. We are appealing to our supporters in South Wales to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation
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 are now appealing for £3 million to help those worst affected.
We have already received incredible support from the local community. Last year, Chris Jones, whose mother-in-law Berenice Williams is a leading member of the CAFOD group at St Helen’s in Caerphilly, competed in the Velathon and raised an amazing £540 for the project in Sebeya, Ethiopia.
Kieran O’Brien who works in the Cardiff 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 10 parishes who have been twinned with an Ethiopia community, Sebeya, for five years. Our supporters here in South Wales have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work.
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 is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought.
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.”