Food & Water Crisis in Africa

An Emergency Response Program

The Situation in Brief

The current food and water crisis is one of the worst to hit Africa in decades. As a result of a severe drought, crops and livestock — the main food supply for this mostly agricultural region — have been destroyed. The result is that 20 million people are now either starving or dangerously undernourished in East Africa.

Local authorities in South Africa warn that dam and reservoir levels are dwindling and predict that public water supplies in Cape Town will run out by mid-April.

How the Drought Impacts Children

The food and water crisis is crippling families and making it near impossible for parents to adequately care for their children. As a result, children face a significant risk of being orphaned, abandoned or otherwise losing their parental care.

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SOS Children’s Villages has been building stable, loving families for vulnerable children in East Africa for more than 40 years. As a result, we have deep roots in local communities that allow us to quickly identify and address the new and urgent needs of children and their families. Through the support of our donors, we are able to expand our services through special SOS Emergency Response Programs. We are currently supporting vulnerable children in the following drought-affected countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland and South Africa.

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