The Canadian government announced $50 million in July to help people starving in the worst drought East Africa has faced in 60 years.
Some of that money has already gone to aid agencies working in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. About half the money announced by the government – $25.5 million – has gone to the UN World Food Program to help with general and targeted food distribution.
Here's what the money is being spent on so far:
- UN World Food Program: $25.5 million to help feed 11.5 million drought-affected people in the region.
- UN High Commission for Refugees: $7 million to address basic needs for 582,000 displaced Somalis.
- UNICEF: $5 million for therapeutic food, vaccines and educational supplies.
- Oxfam: $3.75 million to provide water, sanitation services, cash relief and cash for work projects, as well as promoting health and protecting livestock.
- Care Canada: $3.75 million to reach severely malnourished children under five and pregnant or lactating women, including in the Dadaab refugee camp. Also providing drinking water and physical security for the camp.
- Action Contre La Faim: $2.35 million to give health and nutrition support at refugee camps in Ethiopia.
- World Vision Canada: $1.2 million for water in Somalia.
- Plan Canada: $1 million to deliver water, food and shelter, and promote hygiene , as well as provide farming supplies and high-protein, calorie-rich food supplements.
- UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs: $350,000 to co-ordinate aid and work with local officials.
- UN Department of Safety and Security: $100,000 to provide security support.
The NGOs have also called for donations from Canadians, with the government promising to match those donations until Sept. 16. Individual Canadians have donated $20 million to date.