Press Release: March 08, 2016
CBM UK are making an appeal to the public to pledge funds to help prevent a crisis in Ethiopia. They will be providing water, food, seed and livestock to the most vulnerable people there facing severe drought and starvation. It is critical that emergency assistance moves quickly to prevent further deterioration and loss of life.
This will be the most severe drought that the area has seen in 30 years. It has been intensified by the effects of El Niño due to the fact that 2015/2016 El Niño event is shaping up to be one of the largest El Niño's in the historical record. It is devastating the lives and livelihoods of over ten million people in Ethiopia. Crops have failed and livestock are dying due to lack of water. The drought is forecast to worsen and without clean water for washing, disease is now an impending threat.
Part of CBM UK’s focus it to look after people with disabilities. In a disaster like this people with a disability are often the most severely affected. They may not hear about aid deliveries or be able to reach mainstream emergency water trucking points that are sometimes six hours walk away from affected communities. They may not be physically able to wait in long queues for food or water even if they are able to reach them. Others also find it almost impossible to reach help, such as widowed (disabled?) women who already face the challenge of raising young children alone and earning a living in some of the poorest areas of Ethiopia.
The most vulnerable people living in drought affected areas urgently need food, water and the ability to replace failed crops and lost livestock. As no seeds were collected from the previous harvest, farmers are unable to plant for the next season. Some have been forced to sell any remaining livestock due to inability to feed them or provide them with water.
CBM aims to save lives and protect and restore livelihoods for people who are most vulnerable.
They will increase water availability through improved water supply systems for people and livestock, irrigation canal maintenance, desilting of ponds and the construction of small ponds. They will also replenish Crops and livestock need replenishing to build resilience, and provide a sustainable solution to the food crisis.
Working with our Ethiopian partner, ORDA, CBM aims to give 6,000 people access to water by improved or new water supply systems from 15 ponds. The development of this water system will generate income for people through a cash for work (CFW) scheme , further supporting the local population.
Subject to funds CBM will distribute food to approximately 22,000 children in 45 schools across target areas. They aim to include 600 disabled children who are not attending school in the feeding programme. Children with disabilities are often excluded from school as teachers are not trained to meet their needs and schools are under-equipped or inaccessible.
In addition, CBM intend to provide seeds to 12,488 farming families including 3,500 families where one or more people are living with disability. 615 most at-risk women and women with disabilities will be provided with poultry (five hens and one cockerel), and 660 farmers (including 99 farmers with disabilities) will be given sheep and goats.
Case studies available here: https://picture.cbm.org/?c=5916&k=ae6cff4660
Donations to CBM will purchase the following:
£4 provides 5–6kgs of sorghum/teff seeds for planting, used to make flatbread and other foods
£15 provides supplementary food for a school student for five months
£25 provides a household with six chickens
£30 buys tools and supports a household to help develop community pond irrigation or water harvesting systems
£105 provide a household with three sheep or goats
CBM UK spokespeople available for interview
Images from Ethiopia available
Study sheet detailing impact of El-Niño available and humanitarian crisis effect available
CBM has a strong track record of delivering emergency response, from disaster risk reduction, to rapid early recovery implementation and long-term support. CBM are disability specialists, working with country-based organisations and mainstream agencies to ensure people with disabilities can reach help.
In 2011, drought in the Horn of Africa led the UN to declare famine in parts of East Africa, including Ethiopia. CBM’s emergency team responded to the crisis by:
• Providing people with disabilities access to food, clean water and basic relief services
• Working with other humanitarian agencies to include people with disability in mainstream emergency response efforts
• Distributing seeds and conducting training to improve food production.
• Conducting research to improve future emergency response for disabled children
CBM’s 2016 emergency Ethiopia programme will work with Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) to provide vital support which is inclusive of disabled people in drought affected communities in East and West Bellessa Woredas, North Gondar and Amhara Region. ORDA were established in 1984 and have considerable experience supporting vulnerable communities, having partnered with CBM on other important development work.
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