In 2011 the Horn of Africa had the worst drought in 60 years. Donor support from New Zealand, including the New Zealand government, contributed more than $560,000 to a multi-million dollar international Caritas response to the crisis.
Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and surrounding countries were the worst affected. Our work has been focused in Kenya, where our Humanitarian Programmes Officer Mark Mitchell visited in March and November 2012. He reported that food security in Kenya improved following the harvests from the October-November short rains and the scaled up humanitarian response that was implemented in the most affected areas.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand sent $560,000 towards recovery in 2011 and 2012.
A Caritas water project in the Meru district of eastern Kenya featured in coverage of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Horn of Africa crisis. The New Zealand government programme contributed $238,000 towards our work in Kenya.
Caritas pledges $50,000 towards Horn of Africa - media release
East Africa after the food crisis - Caritas Internationalis
View a slideshow of Caritas’ response to the Horn of Africa drought 2011 – intended outcomes, achievements and lessons learnt. Prepared for presentation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, May 2012. Download from bottom of page as either powerpoint (11 MB) or pdf (1 MB).