Acute drought conditions are severely affecting over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa in countries like Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. This has created conditions for famine and mass displacement. The effects of the 2011 drought area culmination of several key factors including increasing food prices, ongoing local conflict, limited humanitarian access, interrupted trade patterns, and successive seasons of failed rains. 

Insufficient rain has resulted in critical widespread water shortages and contributed to mass livestock deaths, undermining the livelihoods and increasing the vulnerability of pastoralist communities. Humanitarian access to a significant proportion of the affected population is restricted given security concerns, remote geographic locations, and poor transportation infrastructure. CHF is working in Kenya and Ethiopia to help those most in need. 


CHF is working in Ethiopia through the OFDA-funded Sustainable Humanitarian Assistance Program for Ethiopia (SHAPE) programs to provide critical agricultural and water support to vulnerable families affected by the drought. In addition, the UN-OCHA funded Warder Emergency Response Program (WERP) expands upon CHF’s existing water security programming in Ethiopia, by trucking water to vulnerable villages, rehabilitating 12 village wells, constructing rain water reservoirs and strengthening natural ponds.


In Kenya, the OFDA-funded Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability (PRESERV) project is combining emergency cash assistance with food relief and agricultural training. This approach ensures that while the most critical needs are met immediately, families have access to food security on a more sustainable, long-term basis.  

View slideshows highlighting our work with drought-affected communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. 

kenya slideshowSupporting farmers in Kenya




Ethiopia slideshowBuilding assets for communities in Ethiopia




Gode slideshowDrought conditions in Gode, Ethiopia