720,000 children at risk of starvation

Urgent Fundraising Appeal launched for Zimbabwe

El Nino is causing crisis across the globe. Children are at risk. Early intervention is needed.

The devastating effects of El Nino are being felt in homes and families across Zimbabwe as crops fail, and possible starvation becomes likely for  720,000 children in Zimbabwe says child rights organisation, Plan International Ireland.

A national state of emergency has been declared by the Zimbabwean Government following the widespread drought caused by El Nino. Over the next 12 months, 2.8 million people may need assistance just to stay alive.

Right across the globe, from Paraguay to Zimbabwe, to Ethiopia and Timor Leste, children are in danger as crops fail, and animal-stock die from de-hydration.

said Dualta Roughneen, Plan International Ireland’s Head of Programmes.

“In southern Zimbabwe, low rainfall and temperatures reaching 46 C have destroyed harvests. Prices are increasing rapidly, pushing families to the brink, as simple foodstuffs become harder and harder to source.”

With support from Irish Aid’s Emergency Response Fund, Plan International is on the ground, and responding, providing nutritional support to families and children.

Over 10,000 families are being provided with food assistance, with plans for an increase in our programme to reach another 36,000 in the next weeks and months.

“El Nino is causing crisis across the globe. Its effects are a reality for millions of children worldwide. Early intervention is needed to minimise its impact,” concluded Dualta.

To donate to Plan International Ireland’s Emergency Appeal, please visit our website or call 1800 829 829.