Adut Dheiu eats wild leaves with four of her children in Pamat, a village in South Sudan’s Lol State where a persistent drought has destroyed crops, left people hungry, and pushed up incidences of malnutrition. Dheiu and her five children, who often don’t go to school because without food they are too weak to study, have received food vouchers from a local aid organization supported by Christian Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance. The vouchers allowed families like hers to buy the food they needed, while supporting local traders and markets. Yet it wasn’t enough, and Dheiu goes into the bush to harvest the so-called “hunger foods” so her children have something to eat. Photo: ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey


Summer 2018 update


Please Donate now to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.

Help vulnerable communities in East Africa.

For the last 12 months (since early 2017), East Africa has been facing famine which has the potential to affect up to 20 million people. That is almost equivalent to the whole population of Australia.

This appeal builds on our earlier rapid response to three partners in Africa: the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (to support the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency in South Sudan (SUDRA)), Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Mt Kenya West in Kenya (ACKMCW), and the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) in Ethiopia. We provided $10,000 to each partner from our Rapid Response Emergency Fund.

The causes of the famine include drought, conflict and a lack of humanitarian access to communities in need.

Your continuing support to ease this suffering will help us reach thousands of people.

Our partner in Kenya, ACKMKW, has been reaching 22,500 households with emergency food relief rations in Laikipia North Sub-County. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, and households with children under five are being prioritised.

In Ethiopia, APDA Program Coordinator and good friend, Valerie Browning, is very grateful for the funding and has said that “we are really on the edge of a precipice of imminent disaster, with communities growing weaker at each turn.”

APDA has been using the funds to work on providing food relief for vulnerable communities. The funds have helped many thousands of vulnerable people.

Monies raised from the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal have initially gone to South Sudan, through the ACT Alliance, directed to Christian Aid.

This money is providing emergency food and nutrition, health services, water, sanitation, and agricultural support to vulnerable communities, particularly women and children. Should the funds raised exceed the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, the excess funds will support our Rapid Response Emergency Fund for use in future disasters.

To donate to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, please click on the ‘Please Donate’ button below (choose ‘East Africa Food Crisis Appeal’ from the ‘Donation’ drop-down menu) or call us on 1800 249 880.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque/money order made payable to Anglican Overseas Aid to:

Anglican Overseas Aid
East Africa Food Crisis Appeal
P.O. Box 389
Abbotsford, VIC 3067



The video below can be used in your Sunday services. You can access it from our YouTube channel (click below) or download it from our Facebook page.

Pew sheet

We have also created a pew sheet for you to distribute amongst your church congregation.
Click here to download the pew sheet for free.

Read more about the situation:

Devex: Responding to East Africa’s food security crisis in 2017, preparing for 2018

Anglican Alliance: Crisis deepens in South Sudan

UNOCHA: South Sudan: “People are suffering beyond measure”