Africa DroughtThe situation:
Drought is impacting millions of people globally, with southern and eastern Africa the most heavily affected. In countries such as South Africa, the last year has seen the least amount of rainfall since records started more than a century ago.
Many people are facing a multi-year drought, which has resulted in low crop production, rising food prices and household food insecurity. An overwhelming number of those at risk or already suffering from the effects of malnutrition because of the drought are children.
Because we are a church, working with companion churches and other trusted partners – we have hands and feet on the ground providing care, support and hope.
In southern Africa, through the Evangelical Lutheran Development Service, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing emergency aid in Malawi. Together, we are developing the capacity of households to become more disaster-resilient. Through the Malagasy Lutheran Church, we are providing immediate life-saving nutrition as well as livelihood support and psychosocial care, with an emphasis on reaching pregnant women, vulnerable children, people who are differently abled, and the elderly. In eastern Africa, areas most affected have been targeted with emergency response and cash-for-work programs. Together, these will help save lives and improve livelihoods, mitigating the effects of the drought.
We need you to join us in this effort. This global disaster is going relatively unnoticed. The greatest impact is in places where Lutheran churches have been at work for generations. Our companions are requesting that we walk with them as they respond. Let us answer with help and hope. Your gifts are needed to provide lifesaving aid, livelihood support and psychosocial care.
What you can do:
Continue to pray for the people affected by the drought, especially as they work to rebuild their lives. Pray for our companions and partners who are working alongside these communities.
Your gifts are needed to bring lifesaving aid to those impacted by the drought. Gifts designated for “Africa Drought
” will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted until the response is complete. Gifts from people like you allow us to continue to accompany those in need.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
- Share this bulletin insert with your congregation.
- Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
- Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
- Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook and follow @ELCALDR on Twitter.