Restored Hope

For a long time, Mwikali Musyoka’s harvest has never been enough for her and her two grandchildren. “I didn’t have food to last us through this dry season. I depended on handouts from relatives that live in the city,” she explains.

Mwikali is a 66-year old widow living in Kimu, Mwingi North sub-county, one of the driest regions of Kitui County in Kenya. This location has been adversely affected by recurring droughts. The short rains of late 2019 were a sign of hope for Mwikali and neighbouring farmers, and they planted crops with the hope that the yields would last them at least one year. Unfortunately, their hope was short-lived due to the damage to their farms caused by the desert locusts that invaded the region.

“The locusts not only destroyed all our crops but also the pasture, leaving my goats malnourished. It was so bad that I could neither milk them nor even sell them to get money to feed my family,” explains Mwikali. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened their situation, as they could not access food since the supply chain was affected by government containment measures.

It is in response to the triple disasters of prolonged droughts, locust infestation and COVID-19 that ADRA Kenya, supported by Latter-Day Saints Charities, is implementing the Mwingi Tharaka Nithi Locust Response Recovery (MTLRR) Project in Mwingi North Sub-county. This project supports 500 households affected by these disasters to safeguard their livelihoods. Through a market-based intervention in the form of a restricted e-voucher system, the families can access food items, livestock feed and agricultural inputs including seeds to support them until the next harvesting season in March 2021. Expressing her gratitude for the support, Mwikali says

I am delighted to receive all this food. I am happy that for the next six months, my grandchildren and I will no longer be relying on handouts. God bless ADRA!

In addition to receiving the food basket, fodder and farm inputs, the project also trains the farmers on community-managed disaster risk reduction and climate-smart agriculture. This training provides them with the necessary skills that build their resilience to climate-related disasters as well as safeguarding their livelihoods.

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ADRA Kenya

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency Kenya or ADRA Kenya was legally registered as a Kenyan NGO (non-governmental organization) in 1993. It is managed by a Kenyan Board of Directors, with diverse professional backgrounds.

Support for ADRA Kenya comes from private donations, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kenya, and donor organizations. In the past this has included:

  • ADRA International & USAID
  • ADRA Canada, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank & Global Affairs Canada
  • ADRA Germany & BMZ
  • ADRA Australia &
  • ADRA Japan & Japan Platform (JPF)
  • Lakarmissionen
  • etc

 

ADRA Kenya programs have included both relief and development activities in various regions throughout the country.

Interventions have occurred in the following areas: disaster relief and recovery, human rights, food security, water and sanitation, health, advocacy, education, economic empowerment, etc.

The network: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (or ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a 20-million strong community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network.

ADRA is a global network. ADRA offices in over 118 countries are locally registered and recognized. Each country office is registered in the country where it is established and is responsible to a local Board of Directors. As a network, ADRA implements thousands of projects, benefiting millions of people each year—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association.

Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) and renamed ADRA in 1984, the agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.

By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, the ADRA network is able to deliver culturally relevant programs, build local capability for sustainable change and improve the quality of life of millions.

The ADRA network annual program expenses total approximately US$200 million—made possible through private contributions from individuals like you, corporations, foundations, and other entities. It also obtains funding and commodities from governmental and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations.

ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and peoples of all faiths, respecting the human dignity of all.

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