The Crisis in East Africa
Somalia is currently facing the largest outbreak of cholera in the last 5 years. This outbreak is going to intensify with the rainy season. This is on top of the famine in Somalia due to which over 6 million people need food and water. Imagine half of Ontario not having access to food and water.
In Kenya, up to 4 million people are estimated to need urgent assistance by July of this year. More than 700,000 children under 5 are at immediate risk of starvation.
To address the famine in Somalia, IDRF is distributing food and water to 15,000 people in the Baidoa (Bay) and Garasbaley (Banadir) areas. Water is provided daily and each family can take 60 L of water. Food is provided in parcels; each parcel has enough food for a whole month for a family.
To address the cholera outbreak in Somalia, we are preparing and sending 1500 water filtration kits. Each kit will provide clean water for a year. The kit also contains lifesaving hydration and nutrition supplements to protect at-risk kids, along with basic hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap.
To address the risk to children in Kenya, we distribute our food and water at a school to keep kids safe, fed and in school.