Over 30 million has been raised already! And still the action is not over. I am also glad to know and having seen even this week that assistance is provided at places where it is needed most. I visited a catte feeding centre in a drought stricken region in Ethiopia.
I was in Borana region for the startup of a resilience building program that has been funded by the European Union (RESETII) and is implemented by CARE Nederland. The last few months have been really harsh as the previous rains failed again. Drought seems to becoming the norm and people are desperately trying to make a living out of cattle herding, still the most viable livelihood option in the rangelands of Borana. Many cattle have died and as they represent the Borana's bank accounts, it can be considered like a crash in the stock exchange. I heard an aid worker making the comparison: "Every year we need to bail them out again."
Drops of rain this week conveyed the positive feeling that change is actually possible. According to a the local forecaster the rain should be good this time. Let us hope and pray that rain will indeed be sufficient for men and remaining livestock to recover.