With the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa continuing to affect millions, the American Red Cross has announced a pledge of $1.7 million to support the relief efforts of its local partner organizations.
Building on a previous $1 million grant, the organization's latest commitment will support Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia that are working on both immediate relief efforts and longer-term projects designed to help prevent future humanitarian crises. With a refugee crisis and famine conditions continuing to affect millions of people in Somalia, the Somali Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross are distributing emergency supplies and have recently expanded their aid programs by sending mobile health and nutrition teams to remote areas.
To help prevent theft and ensure that aid is distributed as equitably as possible, Red Cross partners have also established a monitoring system to track relief supplies and are working to reconnect family members who have become separated as they pour into refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. And to prevent future crises, the partners are distributing seeds, farming tools, irrigation pumps, and fishing equipment in the region.
"In times like this, Red Cross partners are uniquely positioned to leverage our unparalleled access, community presence, and local knowledge to reach those most in need," said American Red Cross African regional director Apu Patel. "At the American Red Cross, we are in direct communication with global Red Cross and Red Crescent partners as they update their needs based on ongoing assessments and response activities."