The emergency situation has been escalating in many areas of the Oromia Region. In order to respond to the dire situation, it was very important for Hirpha International (HI) to understand the situation on the ground. Furthermore, identifying a reliable nonprofit organization that HI can partner with for delivery of aid was vital for accountability. Both of these objectives were successfully conducted in Oct. 2017.
Following field assessment to understand the situation on the ground, and financial requirements, HI decided to provide aid to Fadis (East Hararge) and Arero (Borena) districts. Although the needs of the internally displaced Oromos are wide ranging, 13 non-food items often categorized under emergency sheltering kit included bedding set, kitchen utensils and sanitation and hygiene sets were delivered. The items included plastic sheeting/tarpaulin, rope, blanket, bed mat, plate, cup, kettle, jug, cooking pot, cooking ladle, washing basin, jerry cans, and soap. In total, HI has been successful in providing assistance of non-food items to 10, 875 family members in both Fadis and Areero districts in 2017. The distribution breakdown is as follows:
- Two distribution centres (Boko Town and Facaatu) that supplied aid to people from 21 localities/Gandaas.
- Number of beneficiaries: 7997 family members (Full supply: 1295 households; Partial supply (blanket and mat): 449 households)
- Two distribution centres (Guto and Halu Dirree) that supplied to people from these locals.
- Number of beneficiaries: 2878 family members (Full supply: 468 households; Partial supply (blanket and mat): 84 households)
We thank all those who provided donations to HI to help us provide assistance to the people in need.
The total fund raised in excess of 125 Million Ethiopian Birr. The fund is managed and operated by a committee of notable Oromo individuals and community leaders.