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Emergency/ DRR Program


The AwCS Emergency/Drought Recovery and Rehabilitation (DRR) Program responds as needed with targeted interventions when our communities fall into humanitarian crisis. For example, the program was ramped up in 2012-2013 when the Borana zone had two consecutive rainy seasons fail. This delivered a severe blow to the lives of the semi-nomadic pastoralist people as their livestock died, food sources shriveled and clean water became harder to access. AwCS responded with 5 emergency interventions totaling $8M Birr which included: targeted supplementary feeding, food-for-work bush thinning (see photo below), emergency malnutrition treatment, medicines, school feeding.

Then in 2013-2015, AwCS continued to respond through a DRR project comprised of 4 potable water supply projects that had the goal of helping rehabilitate and contribute to the improvement of the food security/livelihood status of drought-affected households through improving their resilience capacity to risk and disasters.