PWRDF announces $40,000 for relief work in Ethiopia

Amene Ahmed working with his cattle in Ethiopia. Photo: Johannes Odé

Amene Ahmed, 22,  lives with his wife and two daughters in Adele in the lowlands of Ethiopia. He works as a farmer and has one hectare of land adjacent to  his father ‘s  2 hectares.

The harvest this year is a lot worse than usual. Amene says, “In a good year, with sufficient rainfall, I would have harvested 2,500 kg of wheat per hectare. This year’s yield is far too small, I have now harvested 150 kg per hectare, not even ten percent of what I normally get. And last year’s yield was also disappointing, it was 700 kg per hectare. We have two rainy seasons per year, and  the rainy season from July to November last year was particularly bad.  Instead of eighty days of rain, we only had about twelve days of rain in September.”

El Nino has significantly impacted the rainfall in Ethiopia this year, bringing on the worst drought in the country in 30 years.  According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 10 million people like Amene and his family are at risk of going hungry in Ethiopia this year.

PWRDF is responding to this need through the ACT Alliance with an initial grant of $40,000 as part of a program to aid over 137,000 people with food, water, health care, agricultural and livestock production and more.

PWRDF will support a six-month program to provide 15kg of maize per month to over 8500 people  in the Afar region, as well as feed for cattle and smaller livestock owned by the farmers.  In addition to this life-saving food, ACT will help these farmers to restart their farming by providing seed, tools, animals and feed, and helping to rehabilitate local ponds to improve the water supply.

You can support PWRDF’s relief efforts in Ethiopia:

Online:
You can designate your online donation for “Ethiopian Drought”.              

By Phone:
For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail:
Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “Ethiopian Drought” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

 PWRDF Donations Contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

 PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator:
Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321;  1-866-308-7973

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