Water emergency in Ethiopia. We desperately need your help.
Posted by sharon on Wednesday 30th March 2016
Two of the driest regions in Ethiopia will be without water after March 31st.
Ethiopia continues to endure the devastating impacts of its worst drought in 50 years, which has already left a staggering 10.2 million people in need of emergency assistance, including 6 million children.
This morning we arrived at the office to an email from the founder of our partner, Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), Valerie Browning. Valerie and her organisation have been working tirelessly over the last few months to provide food and water to Ethiopians who are desperately in need.
"APDA is responsible for reaching two of the most thirsty districts in the region: Eli Da’ar and Kori. Just yesterday, people jostled to get water and a nasty scuffle broke out – there are simply not enough trucks going to either districts. Since more and more people in the hinterland are facing dried water sources, people are waiting up to 5 days for their turn to collect trucked water. We have 4 trucks servicing these two areas, but as of March 31st, the funds to run these trucks will be all dried up. Please, can you help?"
It costs $350 AUD per day to hire a truck, which can carry 14,000 litres of much-needed water to these communities.
We need to raise $11,000 urgently to secure the delivery of this water for another month. But we can't do it without you.
Please click below to donate whatever you can today. Every little bit will help water reach the most vulnerable, thirsty communities.