Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid

Global Humanitarian Aid – Horn of Africa Crisis

Currently the most urgent need for humanitarian aid is in the Horn of Africa.  The severe drought in this area has resulted in the massive displacement of people.  The scale of the crisis escalates with every day and is intensified by Civil War, other violence, high food prices and ever scarce resources in the region. Sadly, 12.4 million people are now in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti.


Refugee waiting for food in Horn of Africa drought crisis, water desalination plants

The last two years have been the driest in the Eastern Horn of Africa since 1950. Pastoral areas in Somalia, Northern and Eastern Kenya, Southern and Eastern Ethiopia and Djibouti are devastated. Harvests have failed, livestock mortality is off the scale and food and water are not just scarce but very expensive. Millions of people in the region cannot meet basic survival needs, and emergency levels of acute malnutrition are widespread. In most areas affected by the drought, malnutrition rates are over 30%, more than double the internationally recognized emergency threshold. In some areas livestock mortality rates are between 40 and 60%, which threatens the livelihood of the predominantly pastoral populations in the drought-affected areas. This dramatically increases food insecurity and decreases the population’s coping capacity.


The UN has officially declared famine in parts of southern Somalia. It is predicted that the entire south of Somalia will face famine within the next two months. Aid agencies are focusing on water, food and health needs. Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp – the world’s largest, currently reportedly receiving upwards of 1500 refugees a day, the majority fleeing war-torn Somalia, requires reliable water resources. These camps house almost 400,000 displaced people in three camps originally designated for 90,000. Understandably a major focus needs to be on providing safe (purified) water to the camp in Dadaab.


In the Horn of Africa countries there are estimates of over 1.5 million displaced people—and 10 million people in need of immediate food assistance as a result of this crisis.




humanitarian aid UN figures 2011,Water Desalination Plants, potable water

1 Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)
2 Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
3 Includes funding to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
4 USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
5 U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM).



The CLLEEN ™  Water and Power Treatment Unit is a mobile unit that can purify sea, underground, brackish water. It lends itself to use in remote, poorly equipped areas as it is self-powered and requires no fuel, no gas and no grid electricity to run 24/7/365.


For anyone requiring additional information for providing these units for disaster relief or humanitarian aid situations, you may contact Jan Pagonis at

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One response to “Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid”

  1. Freda says:

    Why can’t some of the more high profile people with money coming out the proverbial help fund some of these cleen water systems to help those poor people in Africa just survive. A little bit of help will go a long way.

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