Severe drought is affecting rural and regional Australia. A lack of rainfall is causing extreme stress for farmers in particular. While coastal areas and capital cities have been largely unaffected, parts of regional Australia are bone dry.

In response, ADRA is working with local churches and ADRA Op Shops in drought-affected areas in NSW and Queensland, including Dubbo, Cobar, Narromine, Nyngan and Toowoomba. Local churches are assessing needs in their communities and providing assistance in partnership with other organisations responding to the drought. ADRA’s response will provide funding for local church networks to make the biggest impact in their communities.

In the short term, ADRA will distribute cash cards to people identified as falling through the gaps. Cash cards provide farmers and others with flexibility: they can choose to buy necessities such as food, stock feed and drinking water; or to cover bills, medical costs or school expenses. In the longer term, ADRA is also planning to run a series of depression recovery courses.

Thank you for your generosity to Aussie farmers and rural communities. Your gift could mean the world to a neighbour in need.

* In the event of over-subscription, this donation will be used for a similar response, or where it is needed most.