CAFOD is appealing to its supporters across Northampton for urgent funds to help over 10 million people across Ethiopia are in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.
The two failed rainy seasons, supply over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops. The lack of a harvest this year has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. So, CAFOD is appealing for £3 million to help those who are most in need.
Over the past five years, seven parishes have been twinned with Sebeya in Ethiopia and they have made a massive difference. In 2012, Lemlem Berhe, a 26 years old water engineer from Adigrat in Ethiopia visited the Diocese to thank the community for all its support and show them the work that was being done in her village.
Deborah Purfield, who works in the Northampton office, said:
“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.
“Our supporters here in Northampton have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work. They are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”
CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water.
CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought. We are appealing to enable us to scale up the current emergency response. We want to expand to the four of the worst affected areas; SNNPR Region State, Oromia Regional State, Tigray and Afar Regional States.
Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us:
“Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”