The American Red Cross is completing its contributions to the Horn of Africa drought with an additional amount of $736,000 to support programs and recovery efforts in Kenya and Ethiopia. This slow onset disaster began in 2009 and has affected more than 13 million people in five countries.
This brings the total contributions made possible by the generosity of the American people to over $4 million, which have supported relief efforts through out the region. This last allocation of funds will support the Ethiopian Red Cross and the Kenya Red Cross with their drought relief operations and will also provide funding to the Ethiopian Red Cross for disaster risk reduction projects to help mitigate the impact of future disasters.
Though rains have increased across east Africa, a strong spring rainy season is crucial for a more sustained improvement in pasture, crop and livestock conditions.