Tearfund will respond to the crisis as a member of the Integral Alliance

Your donation will help provide: 

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

  • Water truck deliveries of 10,000L each for immediate needs
  • Counselling sessions for refugees traumatised by conflict

In Somalia

  • Cash transfers to the most vulnerable so they can buy food
  • Emergency water supplies
  • Nutritional support for malnourished children
  • $72

    will provide water for one household for a month in Somalia

  • $112

    provides nutritional supplements for one child for three months in Somalia

  • $138

    will mean a South Sudanese refugee can attend a two-week group trauma counselling course

Where Tearfund is
currently responding

Please Donate Today

The first $113,000 donated to our East Africa crisis appeal will be doubled by New Zealand Aid.*

*For every dollar you donate the New Zealand Government Aid Programme will match your donations up to $100,000 towards our project in Somalia.

What’s happening in East Africa?

A combination of severe drought, famine and violence is affecting millions in South Sudan and Somalia. Listen to the radio interviews below for more context.   

More than 20 million people may face starvation in a series of famines over the next six months. – World Food Programme (WFP)

South Sudan

More than one million people are either suffering from famine or are on the brink of it as a result of an ongoing conflict and drought in South Sudan.

Almost half the population now need assistance to meet their basic nutritional needs. This figure is expected to rise.


There has been no rain for more than three years.

That means half the population is facing food insecurity and nearly three million people need urgent life-saving assistance.

There are fears of a famine worse than that of 2011 which killed 260,000 people unless we act now.

Click photos below to learn a little bit more about the situation. 

A doctor hands out deworming tablets at the border crossing

A mother and child receive healthcare treatment at Palorinya Refugee Settlement

A young South Sudanese refugee sits atop her families belongings after crossing the border into Uganda

Lining up for food in Palorinya refugee settlement

Polio drops are given to this young baby at the South Sudan border crossing into Uganda

South Sudanese refugee Mary and her son sit inside their home in Pagirinya refugee settlement

Donate now

Help families from war-torn, famine-affected South Sudan.

^ Note: If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness.

Radio Interviews 

Kiwi working with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda says "there's still hope for some". —Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kiwi father of two and the Country Director of Tearfund’s partner Tutapona currently in Bidi Bidi settlement Uganda, on the border of South Sudan Tim Manson joins Ali Mau on drive to talk about the terrible conditions there. —Thursday, 16 March 2017