2.2 million children in Ethiopia are hungry and facing starvation. Without food, they face needless disability and death.

Parents worry their children will starve to death

The situation on the ground in Ethiopia is desperate:

  • 9.9 million people have run out of food because of drought
  • 2.2 million children are facing starvation in drought-affected areas
  • 685,900 pregnant and lactating women are acutely malnourished
  • The cost of food in Ethiopia rose by more than 33% in 5 months because of inflation and the war in Ukraine
“We’re working to get vital food and supplies to kids and families with disabilities. No other organization here in Ethiopia is prioritizing kids with disabilities displaced by drought and conflict. Hope and Healing International is the only one.”

— Minliku, Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) Ethiopia

A Perfect Storm


  • Climate experts are calling this the longest and most severe drought on record for the Horn of Africa
  • 5 consecutive dry seasons destroyed millions of families’ crops, livestock, income
  • Without humanitarian assistance, experts are predicting a famine, leading to hundreds of thousands of hunger-related deaths


  • Fighting between rebel forces and the government forced thousands of families to flee to displacement centres
  • With a new peace treaty, families are returning home, but our partners are reporting 82% of returning families have lost their crops and possessions, and many have damaged or destroyed homes
  • Families want to rebuild their homes but are missing basic survival necessities to survive the rebuilding period

Our Action Plan


Food Distribution

  • Wheat flour, legumes, cooking oil
  • Supplies to last a family for 1 month

Hygiene Supplies

  • Bathing soap, laundry soap
  • Underwear, sanitary pads

Medical Care

  • Clinics and screenings to assess health needs
  • Follow-up care for all kids needing medical support
  • $70 will give a child, a mom, a dad urgently-needed food and hygiene supplies
  • $350 will give a family life-saving care