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Caritas launches Kenya emergency appeal

August 12, 2011

Caritas is appealing for 4 million euro (US$5.6 million) to help Kenya during its most severe drought in 60 years.

Over 3.6 million people are in need of emergency assistance but this could rise to 5 million as the situation worsens. Caritas will provide food and water and will also help farmers improve their crops and boost their livestock.

Alistair Dutton, Caritas Internationalis humanitarian director recently returned from a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. He said, “People are very concerned about where they are going to get food and water from and also how they are going to provide water for their livestock. Short of migration, they have very limited options.”

Caritas will support 30 420 households in the 14 most affected dioceses of Kenya in its the eight- month emergency programme. This will include providing many households with two meals a day, 7.5 litres of safe water per person per day and nutritional help for the vulnerable and chronically ill.

Further measures include giving 13 700 resource-poor farmers drought-tolerant seeds for planting during the 2011 short rains in October and November and replenishing livestock for over 1,300 households. Caritas will also improve water harvesting and storage through the provision of tanks and assisting in the running of boreholes.

The overall drought situation in East Africa is at a desperate level with over 13 million people affected. Drought-hit countries include Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda. Last month the UN declared famine conditions in parts of Somalia.

“Somalia is the worst-affected country as there are no systems in place to help people whatsoever. The harvest failed and there is no State serving the people,” said Alistair Dutton.

Dutton says that one reason for the repeated droughts is because the counties have no way of retaining water when it does rain. Caritas focuses its long-term projects on initiatives that will help communities conserve and use water better such as ponds, boreholes and more efficient agricultural practices.

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Emergency in the Horn of Africa and East Africa

July 31, 2011

Given the catastrophic situation resulting from the severe drought experienced by the Horn of Africa as well as East Africa and affecting more than 10 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya, Caritas Africa is granting 25 000 euro to support the efforts made by the respective Caritas members in the above-mentioned countries, who are already doing their utmost to respond to the emergency situation and bring relief to the victims of the drought.

Caritas Africa is not only reacting to the present emergency but is also responding to the wish clearly expressed by the Synod Fathers in Proposition 17 of the final message delivered at the end of the IInd Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops in November 2009 which states: “It is imperative to develop relations of solidarity between the dioceses and within the Episcopal conferences themselves. Thus, it is urgent to establish a solidarity fund between among the dioceses across the continent through the Caritas network.”

Caritas Africa has therefore created the Caritas Africa Solidarity Fund with an initial amount of euro 25 000, on behalf of the Caritas organisations of the Africa region. The first beneficiaries of the Solidarity Fund are the victims of the present drought in the Horn of Africa and East Africa. This amount is in anticipation of an eventual Caritas Internationalis emergency appeal and will be channelled through CI which will ensure the aid monitoring.

Caritas Africa therefore appeals to all Caritas members of the Africa region inviting them to organize fund raising campaigns at all levels so that everyone can contribute to the concretization of the Caritas Africa solidarity fund.

Caritas members are encouraged to take advantage of the wish expressed by the Synod Fathers and to link the fund raising activities with the emergency situations occurring in Africa in order to motivate one and all on the necessity to have such a Solidarity Fund. It is desirable to gradually build up the Solidarity Fund so that financial support may be provided in the shortest possible delay without having to wait for new donations.

20 July 2011