A substantial award of £200,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery will allow Save the Children to reach tens of thousands of people in famine-stricken Somalia.
Millions of children are at risk of extreme hunger across East Africa, as back-to-back droughts, failed rains, and war have left hundreds of thousands of children with acute malnutrition. In Somalia, 2.9 million people are facing crisis, with over half of the population in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
The funding will go towards helping children like Yasmine. Yasmine is just three years old. She is currently being treated for severe malnutrition in the stabilisation centre at Garowe Hospital in Somalia, one of the areas hit hardest by drought in the Horn of Africa. The staff at Garowe are seeing a significant increase in severe malnutrition cases among children coming through their doors.
Yasmine is one of the 16 million people left on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water, and medical treatment. The contribution from players of People's Postcode Lottery will benefit vulnerable children with the most acute malnutrition; providing health care, water, food, and cash grants to provide relief over the next few crucial months.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "The famine in Somalia is near breaking point, and I am proud that players of People's Postcode Lottery have provided this much-needed emergency funding."
CEO of Save the Children Kevin Watkins said, "People have had their livelihoods wiped out, they've lost everything and are living in absolutely desperate conditions. With this award, players of People's Postcode Lottery are supporting Save the Children to reach children in need now and support communities in the long term, to prevent this from happening again. The scale and severity of this drought has never been experienced before in Somalia.
"I visited Somalia recently and spoke with a doctor who just that day had seen 17 cases of acute malnutrition and met children that had diseases such as cholera and pneumonia, as a result of conditions caused by drought.
"We're working hard to reach affected communities, but the lives of children are at stake. We can't wait until the situation reaches breaking point to respond at scale. We would like to wholeheartedly thank players of People's Postcode Lottery. Funding like this is crucial in a crisis and we will ensure that it reaches those affected the most in Somalia."