Compassion Continues Relief Efforts in Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

Compassion Continues Relief Efforts in Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

  |   Posted: March 18, 2003

Severe shortages in rainfall over the past year have resulted in one of the worst droughts in Ethiopia's history, according to a report issued by Compassion's Ethiopia Country Office. The nation's primary planting seasons February thru April and June through September typically account for nearly 70 percent of the nation's food production. Extreme dry conditions over the past two planting seasons have led to acute food and water shortages, along with mass devastation to farms and livestock. According to government estimates, the drought could affect as many as 15 million people nearly one-quarter of the entire Ethiopian population.

Compassion Ethiopia partners with 20 church-based centers situated in drought-prone areas of the country. These programs have outreach to nearly 5,000 registered children. The Ethiopia Office has accessed disaster/relief funding in order to provide immediate and long-term interventions on behalf of these children and their families-including additional food, supplementary nutrition for younger children, and additional project support to ensure the sustainability of programs for the duration of the drought. Relief efforts are scheduled for a nine-month period, at which time local staff and the country office will address any further/additional needs for assistance.

Sponsors will be notified if their sponsored children are significantly impacted by the drought.

Established in 1993, Compassion Ethiopia currently assists nearly 34,000 children through 136 church-based programs nationwide.

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