East Africa Food Crisis

Millions of people are in need of vital humanitarian aid across East Africa.

Back-to-back droughts have left hundreds of thousands of children severely malnourished. Now, up to 22 million people across East Africa urgently need your help.

Somalia is now on the brink of a major food crisis. Severe food and water shortages have killed livestock and driven families from their homes.

The drought is forcing children in Ethiopia to drop out of school, leaving them at risk of early marriage and forced migration.

While in Kenya, hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished, with hunger levels expected to worsen over the coming months.

We must act now to prevent another disaster.


The situation in Somalia has sharply deteriorated. More than 50,000 children are now facing death.

2.7 million

In Kenya there are 2.7 million in need of immediate food assistance.


Approximately 600,000 children in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition and this number is expected to rise.

14 million

More than 14 million people across the Horn of Africa now facing severe shortages of food and water because of the impact of the drought on crops, animals and water sources.

“What we’re seeing on the ground suggests we’re at a tipping point – a significant worsening of malnutrition cases tells us a famine isn't far off.”

Hassan Saadi Noor, Save the Children’s Country Director in Somalia

How your gift will help

Help our teams in East Africa to tackle the worst effects of the drought and provide life-saving assistance to children affected by the famine.



Your donations will provide life-saving food to hungry families


Allow us to transport water to drought-hit communities, saving lives

Health clinics

Running mobile health clinics and providing nutrition support


Treating children who are severely malnourished

Donate to our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

We’re working hard to reach children, but the lives of millions are at stake. Please help us reach children in East Africa before it’s too late.