At times of drought or any other natural and man-made calamities, through the support of various Donors/Partners, EMWACDC has been reaching several target groups in various parts of the country.
EMWADC has responded with emergency food assistance to the drought that happened in Oromia Region Borena Zone Moyale District and Tigray Region Maichew and Alamata Districts in 2011/12. As a result, a total number of 14, 570 target groups in Moyale and 9,036 target groups in Maichew and Alamata were supported.
In 2018/19 because of the inter-communal conflict between the Gedeo (Souther Nation Nationalities and Peoples National Regional State) and West Guji Zone (Oromia National Regional State), more than 900,000 people have been displaced (National Disaster Risk Management Commission, 2019). As a result, EMWACDC has supported 1,999 pregnant and lactating mothers and 6,656 children under the age of 5 through the provisions of food and non food (blanket, cooking pot, clothing, and Cash – 100 to each child and 110 to each mother for sewing of the supported clothes) items.
In Burayu town of the Oromia National Regional State also, because of the inter-communal conflict between the Oromo and Gamo people, many houses were demolished, shops were broken, and peoples working materials were either stolen or made out of use. As a result, EMWACDC supported 60 highly affected families of Chorisa Village through providing 2,000 ETB/HH so as to let them purchase wavering machine as a compensation for their damaged machine.
Large scale rain failure in the Borena Zone of Oromia National Regional State during October and November, 2018 led to severe drought conditions accompanied by extensive growing season failure and low vegetation. As a result, Pastoralist communities were hit hard to the extent of livestock death and that led to the migration to the neighboring country, Kenya.
Due to the construction of 2 bore holes and 2 Ponds (with a capacity of 25,000M3 each), 17,385 direct and 12,000 other community target groups were reached. For this reason, the project was able to reduce the workload of children and women which in some cases had forced them to drop out of school, for they are required to travel about 10 hours to fetch water. But now, they only walk 30 minutes. As a result of the intervention, quality and coverage of potable water is improved, sanitation practices are improved, resilience to disaster risk reduction is strengthened, and resources are locally mobilized.