June 22, 2017

Overcoming drought in Kenya

By |22 June 2017|

Thanks to Catholic Relief Services and the the Diocese of Lodwar, boreholes in Turkana have been repaired and small scale farmers given support to utilise local water.

Fighting famine with the people of Somalia

By |19 June 2017|

Cholera has been contained but Somalia is still facing a worsening humanitarian crisis with 6.7 million people in need of urgent assistance as severe drought sweeps across East Africa.

Caritas responds to East Africa food crisis

By |8 June 2017|

Caritas is currently funding 140 aid projects aimed at providing assistance for more than 4.3 million people in need. Around two thirds of Caritas programmes focus on food security and livelihoods.

May 4, 2017

Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

By |4 May 2017|

Half the population of Somaliland, 2 million people, is struggling to survive hunger that has swept across Somalia. More than half the country are going hungry. Some 185,000 children could die of starvation.

April 28, 2017

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

By |28 April 2017|

Drought and civil conflict have led to food crises across East Africa. Parts of South Sudan are already experiencing famine. The humanitarian situation in Somalia is rapidly deteriorating.

March 16, 2017

Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

By |16 March 2017|

A famine in 2011 left over a quarter of a million people dead in Somalia. The current drought, one of the worst in living memory, is far more severe. Crops have been destroyed. Many villages have been left without water.

September 19, 2016

Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

By |19 September 2016|

Demand for aid has risen dramatically. More than 10.2 million people now need emergency food assistance, 1.2 million women and children need supplementary food aid, 400,000 children are suffering from severe malnutrition.

May 22, 2014

Hygiene awareness for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |22 May 2014|

Caritas confederation member organisations funded a project aimed to improve sanitation and hygiene in Kambioos camp

August 8, 2013

Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |8 August 2013|

Caritas Internationalis has launched two appeals for Somali refugees living near Dadaab in Kenya since 2011. In Kambioos, Caritas works through its American member CRS to provide training on hygiene and better sanitation.

June 18, 2013

Changing lives in Ethiopia

By |18 June 2013|

In Ethiopia, failure of successive rainy seasons brought about massive crop failure, the death of livestock and critical food and water shortages affecting 4.5 million people in eastern, southern and northern parts of the country. Caritas launched an appeal for €1.4 million to help some 65,000 people with food, water and the recovery of livelihoods.

August 17, 2012

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    For Somali refugees, handwashing lessons from a surprising teacher

For Somali refugees, handwashing lessons from a surprising teacher

By |17 August 2012|

In a refugee camp in northern Kenya, someone is teaching people how to wash their hands properly. The demonstrator lathers the soap, pours water, and rubs her hands together in a circular motion.

December 15, 2011

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    In drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Caritas brings water to the thirsty

In drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Caritas brings water to the thirsty

By |15 December 2011|

In southern Kenya, wide riverbeds turned sandy and brown. Women used gourd shells to dig further and further down in the riverbeds, hoping to capture a few scoops of water.

‘You heard our cries’: hunger in East Africa

By |15 December 2011|

Whenever there’s a way to farm, Caritas helps people help themselves. Irrigation projects Caritas developed in the 1990s and early 2000s saved many people during the 2011 drought. But with no rain, many herdsmen and farmers simply couldn’t produce food. So Caritas started trucking in drinking water and food, driving lorries over near-impassable dirt roads in villages the government can’t always reach.

Seeds of hope after drought in East Africa

By |15 December 2011|

By Laura Sheahen “When you’re hungry, if you have seeds, you start cooking.” Kotola Susana grins ruefully as he describes the situation of many of his fellow Kenyan farmers. After years of poor rains culminated in a devastating drought in East Africa, farmers ran out of options. In southern Kenya, where they raise corn, sorghum and other grains, fields were dry and brown. In the north, where most families live off their herds, people watched goats and cows grow rib-thin and die. The drought of 2011 destroyed agricultural and livestock safeguards that millions of East Africans rely on. “People ate up their seeds. The seed banking system had collapsed,” says Shadrack Musyoka, who works for Caritas in a southern farming area called Kitui. “And a lot of seed was wasted when people planted early and the rains didn’t come. “People who were traditionally OK were suddenly not OK.” In an area of northern [...]

Kenyan students back to school after East Africa drought

By |15 December 2011|

By Laura Sheahen Alice had always been first in her class as a child, but now she kept getting kicked out of secondary school. “Every time people were sent home for lack of school fees, my name was on the list,” she says. “I was ashamed.” Education in Kenya is technically free, but in poor villages, parents are required to give a few dollars a month to pay teachers or even fix the school roof. So Alice would leave classes for a few weeks until her farming family could scrape together enough money to send her back. Then she’d struggle to catch up. “I had to work harder,” she remembers. “I didn’t sleep very much.” In fits and starts, she managed what seemed to be impossible for a village child whose parents never went to school: she was accepted into a university. “I studied organic chemistry and math,” she says. “I tested organic [...]