East Africa Crisis Appeal | ActionAid UK


Over 16 million people are facing devastating food shortages caused by sustained drought and conflict in East Africa. The drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die.
People are already dying in South Sudan, Somalia (including Somaliland) Kenya and Ethiopia, and if we don’t act immediately, hundreds of thousands more are at risk of dying of hunger, infection and disease, including through contaminated and dirty water.

Lack of clean water is increasing the threat of water borne diarrheal diseases. As at July 2017, there have already been over 32,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea reported in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Cholera has been confirmed in South Sudan and South Central Somalia.

We are facing the worst humanitarian disaster this century. Our local staff are on the ground right now, working with communities to respond to the crisis with food and water distribution, but the situation is critical – and getting worse.

Please make a donation today.

East Africa Crisis Appeal

ActionAid has supported over 232,000 people so far across Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia, like seven-year-old Elizabeth and her family in Kenya.

Elizabeth’s mother, Consolata told us how her family is struggling to find food or collect water.

“The river has run dry. It’s dangerous to collect water as we have to compete with the elephants to get the water. Even when we are able to get water, sometimes it’s undrinkable because of the elephant urine in it”, says Consolata

£50 could help to feed a family for a month


East Africa crisis facts

  • Somalia: 6.2 million people urgently need help. 80 per cent of livestock has been wiped out in Somaliland.
  • Ethiopia: 5.6 million people need urgent food aid; three million mothers and children are acutely malnourished.
  • Kenya: 2.7 million people need humanitarian aid. Women and girls are walking up to nine kilometres in search of water, say ActionAid reports. 

Where your money goes 

90% of your donation will go to support emergency work in East Africa. 10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund, which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund.


Page updated 11 June 2019