Amity provides emergency water trucking in Ethiopia

People in Ethiopia lining up for life-saving water supplies (@LWF)

On June 20, the Hong Kong Government announced a grand of HKD 4.64 million to the Amity Foundation to provide water trucking for people affected by the drought in Ethiopia. After two consecutive Years of drought, Eastern and Southern Ethiopia are in the grip of a new drought in 2017. Water scarcity is the most pressing need that people in the scorched region are facing.

The project is to provide all 7,409 households (48,898 persons) with safe drinking water by water trucking. Besides water, the grant will be also used to provide purification materials and hygiene kits.

The Amity Foundation coordinates and is working with the ACT Alliance partner, the LWF World Service, which is working in Ethiopia since 2008. On June 5, the Amity Foundation signed a joint appeal with major international relief organizations from Hong Kong to raise awareness and help 20 million people affected by the famine in East Africa.

The Hong Kong Disaster relief fund noted, that the grant, together with the one approved earlier, will take the accumulative value of grants for drought victims in Ethiopia to $12.128 million, provided by the Hong Kong government.

Press release (by HK DRF):

Grant approved for drought victims in Ethiopia

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The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $4.64 million to Amity Foundation, Hong Kong for providing relief to drought victims in Ethiopia.

Announcing the grant today (June 20), a spokesman for the Government said that the grant will be used to provide water, purification materials and hygiene kits. The Committee hopes the grant will facilitate the provision of timely relief to the victims and help them restore their normal living. The grant, together with the one approved earlier, will take the accumulative value of grants for drought victims in Ethiopia to $12.128 million.

"To ensure that the money is used for the designated purposes, Amity Foundation, Hong Kong will be asked to submit an evaluation report and an audited account on the use of the grant after the relief project has been completed," the spokesman said.

Ends/Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:35