Donations to TEAR Australia’s East Africa Appeal will be used to support emergency health and nutrition aid for 25,000 children over the next 12 months. This will include:
All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Donations can be made over the phone by calling 1800 244 986. Should the funds raised exceed the amount needed for the projects being funded, TEAR Australia will allocate excess funds to similar humanitarian work. TEAR Australia will not deduct any more than 10% of funds raised to cover administrative costs including donation processing, receipting and donor communications.
In addition to supporting Medair in Somalia, TEAR Australia is currently exploring opportunities to work with our long-term partners in South Sudan, where immediate intervention is needed to provide nutritional support and food relief.
Reports from our partners indicate that in Juba, in the south of the country, some internally displaced people are eating only 2-3 times per week. While there is some food available in the markets, hyperinflation has meant that prices are completely out of reach. Conflict has driven people away from their homes and into the bush, where they are resorting to finding and eating basic foods that are low in availability and nutrition.
Marshall Currie, TEAR’s Africa Team Leader, recently returned from visiting partners in South Sudan:
“Access and security are still real issues, which means little or no help is getting through to the remnant population – it’s clear that terrible human suffering is going on. My memories of visiting villages and farming families in this region in past years are still very clear, and it’s incredibly sad to see what has happened to this once peaceful and agriculturally productive part of South Sudan.”
The UN is calling this the largest humanitarian crisis in its history and states that “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death." It is estimated that across East Africa, more than 20 million people are facing severe food insecurity and a real risk of famine. Drought has been especially acute across Somalia (where half the population – more than 6 million people – are affected), southern and south eastern Ethiopia, and northern and coastal Kenya. Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan. In Yemen, more than 16 million people are food-insecure.
Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death."
In South Sudan, the emergency is compounded by conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands and affected millions. In Somalia, the combination of failed rains, ongoing violence at the hands of Al Shabab and weak Government forces have led to deadly consequences. In south and central parts of Somalia, wells have gone dry and crops have failed, leaving livestock to starve, and entire villages to be abandoned.
Long-term TEAR partner, Medair, has been providing critical and emergency health and nutrition aid to regions of east Africa for the past 23 years. Currently, Medair is responding to urgent nutritional needs in South Sudan and Somalia, focusing on the most vulnerable such as children under 5 and women in rural areas where land can no longer be farmed.
TEAR’s East Africa Emergency Appeal is urgently raising funds toward a target of $500,000 to support Medair in Somalia, as they deliver emergency health and nutrition aid for 25,000 children over the next 12 months.