Deep in the heart of the district of Kindo Koysha in southern Ethiopia, the road system is rudimentary. When volunteers from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society wanted to start distributing emergency water rations to the most vulnerable of families, getting there was a noted challenge. But, with people like Yonas Bade, a farmer and local volunteer on hand, it was a challenge that would be quickly overcome.
Local communities were mobilised with the support of Action for Sustainable Change Kenya (AFOSC Kenya) to conduct low-cost, feasible actions to build resilience to disasters, as part of the USAID/OFDA funded programme Frontline. Local coalitions composed of women and youth groups and community-based organisations were established to build a movement for change at the sub-county level.
Many families in a little village close to Funhalouro in the southeast of Mozambique are receiving food assistance that is helping them to survive.
“We have lived through many dry periods, but a drought like this one I cannot remember. I have not seen a single drop of rain for months,”
says Joaquina, who does not know her age, but estimates she is in her late 40s.