Countries in the Horn of Africa are experiencing the worst drought in 40 years.
The people of Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are suffering from starvation following four consecutive failed rainy seasons. There are more than 15 million people acutely food insecure.
Families are taking desperate measures to survive, with thousands leaving their homes searching for food, water and pasture. The risks faced by women and girls including gender-based violence and death during childbirth have risen sharply since the drought began.
Provide relief to the Horn of Africa
How is Penny Appeal Canada helping?
Providing immediate nourishment for families.
Providing safe drinking water points.
Vaccinations for cholera and measles, treatment of severe acute malnutrition, micronutrient supplementation and deworming.
Providing materials to shelter from the harsh weather conditions.
The severe effect of the drought
Between 15 and 16 million people are waking each day to high levels of acute food insecurity and rising malnutrition across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and some areas in Somalia are now at risk of famine.
Food prices are rising in many drought-affected areas, due to a combination of macro-economic challenges, below-average harvests and rising prices on international markets.
Families are taking desperate measures to survive, with thousands leaving their homes in search of food, water and pasture, increasing the risk of inter-communal conflict, as well as heightening pressure on already limited basic services.