North Lanarkshire residents respond to drought crisis

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NORTH Lanarkshire’s response to SCIAF’s emergency appeal following last year’s drought in the Horn and East of Africa helped to save many lives and is continuing to support people make a long term recovery.

Responding to the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years SCIAF and its local partners and sister agencies in Caritas Internationalis provided emergency aid to communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

Over ten million people were affected after a succession of rains failed, leaving crops decimated and water sources dry.

Over 183,000 people received help from SCIAF following the extremely generous response to last year’s emergency appeal.

People from across North Lanarkshire raised a staggering £93,756, including £26,180 in Motherwell and £5,490 in Bellshill.

This money helped to pay for emergency cash payments, food and water to the most vulnerable, cash for work for the able-bodied to build up community resources like better wells, and replacing lost livestock and distributing drought resistant seeds to poor farmers to increase their resilience in the future.

Lorraine Currie, SCIAF’s head of international programmes, said: “SCIAF supporters in North Lanarkshire really pulled out all the stops and donated a fantastic £93,756 to last year’s Horn and east of Africa drought appeal.

“This money and the emergency support it provided helped to save many lives, and get people through what was a terrible crisis.

“Whilst the drought has now passed and the acute need of the people has dropped, SCIAF is continuing to work with its partners and local communities to increase their resilience against future droughts by distributing drought resistant seeds and rehabilitating community resources such as ponds and wells.

“As a member of Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic coalition of international aid and development agencies who are operational on the ground in most countries, SCIAF is usually able to respond immediately.

“This ability to be able to get aid to where it is needed quickly can mean the difference between life and death for vulnerable people.”