A devastating food shortage caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, effecting over 10 million people. CAFOD is appealing to supporters in Birmingham to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation.
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 is appealing for £3 million which will allow us 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.
We have already received incredible support from the local community. Over the past year, Corpus Christi Parish Headington, Oxford and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, have raised over £2,000 for the villiage of Sebeya in Ethiopia. Just last month, over 50 parishioners attended an Ethiopian food evening with a Coffee Ceremony performed by Ethiopian parishioner, Mulu Abeje and a speech by Tony Fitzgerald who had visited the project in Ethiopia.
Julia Hood who works in the Birmingham office and visited Ethiopia in 2011 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.
“Our supporters here in Birmingham have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work. I visited Ethiopia in 2011, when there had been a severe drought. The people in Birmingham responded amazingly and I got to visit those communities who the fundraising had helped.
“Over the past five years, 18 parishes have been supporting Sebeya in Ethiopia and they have made a massive difference. 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 a small donation can make a massive difference:
- £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.”