Emergency Relief


The Situation

In 2016, several regions of Ethiopia were facing the worst prolonged drought in 30 years. In Afar, this was particularly acute with the loss of hundreds of thousands of animals on which pastoralist communities depend for their livelihood. 

Our partner on the ground, Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), has been working closely with local communities for the past 28 years. APDA sent trucks carrying 14,000 liters of water over distances of up to 180kms to reach the most remote and affected districts in Afar. In places where malnutrition had reached 24% of households, 50kg bags of lentils and two goats were distributed to each family. During the rehabilitation phase, 275 of the most destitute families who had lost their entire herd, and way of life were provided a chance to start over with 10 breeding goats each. 

In August 2016, the long-awaited seasonal Belg rains finally came. With the heavy rainfalls, however, waterborne diseases began to affect communities that had already been severely weakened by the drought. Acute watery diarrhea (AWD) set in, and by the month of November, this reached an epidemic scale affecting dozens of communities in the Afar region. In order to control and halt the epidemic, APDA deployed a team of 60 community health workers to all affected areas to screen for illnesses, provide immediate treatment, distribute soap and purification tablets, and inform communities about how to cope with the outbreak. 


Our Impact

Ethiopiaid launched an emergency appeal to all our donors and, thanks to an amazingly generous response, was able to respond swiftly and save many lives in Afar, one of the most affected regions. As a result approx. 8,000 lives were saved in the region.

  • Critical water and food supplies were distributed to approx. 200,000 people

  • A goat restocking program (10 breeding goats distributed to each family who had lost all their animals) swiftly restored the autonomy of 275 families - over 3,000 people - who had become entirely dependent on international or government aid.

  • 1,560 people were treated for Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)

  • Approx. 5,000 lives were saved over the course of the AWD intervention


COVID- 19 

The Situation

Our Partner- the Association of Women's Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD), has seen a surge of women and girls who desperately need access to their support services; shelter, psychological counseling, legal aid, and other services. The problem is that they are not equipped for COVID-19 and are unable to provide a quarantine facility to ensure everyone's safety.


Our Impact

The quarantine shelter will be running from now until June 2022 if they are able to get enough funding. This space will be able to house 30-50 women at a time during their quarantine before they are moved to the main shelter in Addis Ababa.

Donations will help fund the following for the next eight months:

  • Quarantine safe house rent
  • Meals
  • Health Care Service
  • Transport services
  • Personal items
  • Childcare (food, milk, diapers, etc.)
  • Safe House Utilities
  • Safe House equipment maintenance
  • Office supplies and Stationery
  • Documentation
  • Support for women headed family members
  • Provide food items for 300 women-headed households
  • Personnel cost for running the day-today service of the safe house
  • Counselor
  • Nurses
  • Safehouse mothers (2)
  • Security guards (2)


Political Unrest in Tigray

At Ethiopiaid Canada, we are closely monitoring the situation in Ethiopia. As you have probably read or watched in the news, the situation changes almost daily. This means that we need to adapt quickly to the evolving needs of our partners. We have had to pivot some activities and some of our partner priorities have changed as the crisis becomes direr and direr. We want you to know that we recognize that this is not a time to pull funding or stop our very important work but more of a time to increase funding and support.

We wanted to keep you in the loop as we understand that you probably have a lot of questions. You've probably wondered about how and if your donation can still make an impact. As the political unrest intensifies, these are the most current emerging needs from our partners:

AWSAD: Normally this partner provides safe houses for survivors of gender-based violence. Because of the violence, they have had to take on the additional task of supporting internally displaced persons. They have located in Dessie--a city recently at the heart of the violence. Maria, the Executive Director of AWSAD has said this, "you can't imagine more than 30,000 IDPs are in Dessie, half are women, we are trying to support giving priority for pregnant women and women with small kids. They all left their houses empty-handed, sleeping on a floor in a school with nothing to wear, many need sanitary items and food ...so now our focus should be saving lives. We need anything you can to support the women." As donations come in, we will provide additional support to AWSAD.

APDA: Normally our partner, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association is focusing on women's empowerment, literacy, income-generating activities, and maternal health. However, after much of the Afar region was looted-animals killed, health centers destroyed, and equipment stolen, they have had to pivot to emergency relief and rebuilding their communities. Valerie, who leads APDA says, "For 300,000 people in central Afar Region, the government health service is totally disabled, no single town has protected drinking water, over 60 schools are damaged and markets are utterly dysfunctional". We will be helping them with emergency support as donations come in.

Relief Emergency Society of Tigray: This is a new partner of ours that we started supporting this year to help those affected by near famine-like conditions in Tigray. We had sent a small number of funds to help with emergency food sustenance but those funds have been used up as the situation worsens. Dawit, from REST, has said, "With lack of material in the market we were not able to procure and distribute cooking oil as planned and thus after consulting with the beneficiaries (IDPs in Mekelle and stakeholders), we are still in very urgent need of additional funds to provide Shiro (an Ethiopian dish)." Pending an increase in donations, we will look to send further support to REST.

**We are still conducting our work with our other areas of focus (fistula surgeries, rehabilitating fistula survivors, providing inclusive education, support for orphaned and vulnerable children, and women's empowerment specifically for pastoralist women and women with disabilities!

Thank you for staying informed and for your support!

Our Impact