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Tena is one of many children severely affected by the worst drought in 50 years, prolonged by El Nino. Some members of her community participate in REAAP in hopes of better adapting to the impact of climate change.

Catholic Relief Services is trying to help communities like this one through REAAP, short for Resilience through Enhanced Adaptation, Action-Learning and Partnership. The program is helping nearly half a million people adapt new practices and technologies to mitigate the devastating impact and better withstand climate change. The 3-year USAID-funded project works hand in hand with the communities of 6 vulnerable “woredas,” or districts, in both zones of Oromia state. Trained community volunteers establish committees—20 members per “kebele,” or cluster of villages—that design and carry out action plans to decrease the risk of climate-related disaster.

Photo by Petterik Wiggers for Catholic Relief Services