somaliaEast Africa is suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, putting more than 11 million people in danger of malnutrition and starvation. The crisis is devastating lives, and on Wednesday the U.N. declared parts of southern Somalia to be in a state of famine.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mark Bowden, the U.N.'s top official in charge of humanitarian aid in Somalia, said the country "is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years. This desperate situation requires urgent action to save lives...It's likely that conditions will deteriorate further in six months."

By making a donation and spreading the word about the crisis, you will help make an impact. Here are five organizations that are on the ground in East Africa that need your support.

1. International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is scaling up relief efforts to aid people devastated by the drought. Some of their work in this region includes:

- Providing new arrivals with medical screenings and fortified food for malnourished young children in Dadaab refugee camp, northeastern Kenya.

Trucking in water and installing or expanding water-supply systems in Ethiopian refugee camps.

- Providing stop-gap water supplies to some 32,000 people in central Somalia.


2. World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian aid organization fighting hunger. Your emergency donation will help them reach more people on the edge of survival, specifically women and children.



  3. Oxfam

Oxfam is aiming to reach 3 million people with water, sanitation services, and food. A donation of $50 will provide 200 people a day's supply of clean water and a $100 donation will feed a family of six for two+ weeks. 



4. Save the Children

Donate a dollar a day for 100 days to help a child through the drought.



A tax-deductible gift will help CARE address global hunger, improve healthcare and create economic opportunity in Somalia, Kenya and other poor countries around the world.


6. World Vision

World Vision is a faith-based organization that strives to eliminate poverty and injustice. Text 4AFRICA to 20222 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to support the emergency relief efforts.


7. Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is responding to the drought in East Africa with emergency operations in northeastern Kenya and plans to build on existing work in Ethiopia and Somalia. Through emergency food distributions, clean water delivery and cash-for-work activities, they have helped 150,000 people thus far. 



Photo: Peter Biro/IRC