The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for the crisis in East Africa has raised £17 million just 2 days after it launched.
An amazing start saw the appeal raise £12 million in it first 24 hours made up of £7 million given by the UK public by text, phone and online, with £5 million from the UK Government through the Aid Match Fund, announced by Priti Patel last week.
The joint appeal by aid agencies is raising money for millions in East Africa who urgently need of food, water and medical treatment.
More than 16 million people in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia have been left on the brink of starvation due to drought and conflict, DEC said.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed hailed the “huge generosity” of people in the UK in response to the “devastating humanitarian crisis in East Africa”.
“The powerful TV appeals highlighted the desperate situation of families, children and older people. This has really struck a chord with the public, who have recognised the urgency of the crisis.”
“The needs are huge. We would urge people to continue demonstrating compassion and generosity so that DEC member charities can continue to save lives and reduce the suffering of people in East Africa. Please don’t delay, donate,” he added.
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During his visit to East Africa, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson helped load UKaid packages onto a airplane for transport to an area affected by the ongoing drought.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) March 17, 2017
Posting to their Facebook page, the appeal thanked supporters who have donated, saying: “WOW! So far you have raised an incredible £17 million for the DEC East Africa Appeal. Thank you.”
What your donation could buy
- £25 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child
- £60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month
- £100 could provide supplies to a clinic treating severely malnourished children for a week.
To make a donation to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal visit the DEC website, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 610, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.
You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.