Kenya, flooding

Children malnourished in Kenya after devastating drought; families now face peril after flooding.

Across East Africa, conflict and prolonged drought aggravated by unpredictable and severe weather have left millions of families in dire need of food, water and basic relief. Consecutive years of poor rains and poor harvests have decimated crops across the region, and exhausted people’s ability to cope.

After 3 years of drought in Kenya, heavy rains have caused flooding and mudslides, destroying homes, livestock and recently planted crops. Wells have been contaminated and many children—already malnourished—are in danger of cholera and malaria. Now, nearly 250,000 people have been displaced across the country.

The ongoing drought in Somalia has worsened, with water sources now dry. Humanitarian experts say, without relief for communities, the situation could turn into a catastrophe endangering hundreds of thousands of lives.

CRS is responding across the region with emergency food assistance, water, hygiene kits and critical living supplies, through cash grants, for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.

Meanwhile, Uganda is hosting more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees who have fled the violence between their government and opposition forces. Most refugees are women and children, and need essential shelter, clean water and education.

CRS is responding in the massive Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, one of the largest in the world, with comprehensive support for nearly 100,000 refugees. CRS is also in the process of building four schools in the summer of 2018 for children of both the refugee and host community population.

Your help is urgently needed. Your gift to our Africa Crisis Emergency Fund provides emergency assistance to the families of Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your vital support at this crucial time.