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Food security has continuously deteriorated since the end of 2016 in half of the country’s 47 counties. The situation has been exacerbated by the impact of climate change, and it is anticipated that some regions could reach emergency levels of need before end of 2017.
North-eastern Kenya, part of the horn Africa region, is among the regions that have been most affected by the drought situation. MERI is an emergency response project aims to provide relief food to the communities in Mandera in these hard times.
Ndwiga is the team leader, working with Kitheka, Nathan and Mohamed in this initiative.
Direct beneficiaries – 500 households and 500 boys and girls under 5 years.
Takaba and Dandu divisions of Mandera West sub-county
Canadian FoodGrains Bank (CFGB) through ADRA Canada
In April 2017, ADRA Kenya with funds from ADRA Network responded by targeting 500 HHs (about 3341 people) each with monthly a food rations of 45 kgs of Maize , 25 kgs of Beans, 5 liters of Vegetable oil and 1 kg of iodized table salt for a period of four months. This was to boost the community’s resilience to the ongoing drought, reduce negative coping strategies while providing alternative source of food and redeeming the community from starvation.
Direct beneficiaries – 500 Households (about 3341 people)
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Patrick Kangangi is the project manager working with Gerish Ochuma.
The project is being implemented in four sub-locations (Kathoka, Katitika, Kanzui, Enziu) in Mwingi sub-county, Kitui county.
Funded by a private donor through the ADRA Network.
Tawanga faith based organization rescues girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation in Kajiado and Bisil counties. Early in the 2017 drought broke out in the country and affected the food situation in Kajiado county. ADRA Germany through a private donor supported 115 girls with food packages to take home during the April holiday.
Tawanga Faith-Based Organization
Direct beneficiaries – 115 households
Indirect beneficiaries – 920 people
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Bisil is in Kajiado county, home to the Maa community. The Maa speaking people include the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania (they live along the Rift Valley of Kenya stretching all the way into Tanzania), the Samburu of Kenya (they live along the upper Rift Valley) and the Njemps (they live in Baringo), Ogiek (in the Rift Valley).
The Maa speaking communities are known to be nomadic pastoralists who rely on cattle, sheep and goats for meat, milk and blood for their food.
Bisil village, Kajiado county, is located 91 km from the capital of Kenya, Nairobi.
The project is funded by a private donor through ADRA Germany
As forecasted, the short rains season started late in 2016. The prolonged dry conditions reduced further the availability of water and the quantity and quality of pasture. Livestock died as longer trekking distances for the pastoralist communities and watering intervals took their toll.
In October 2016, thanks to funding from ADRA Kenya did an emergency intervention, responding to a call by the Catholic Diocese of Kitale.
Nathan Nzomo is the project manager.
Direct beneficiaries – 250 households (1,659 people)
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Pokot central sub-county, West Pokot county
The Horn of Africa is facing its third consecutive year of drought causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease and triggering large scale population movements. It has been described as the worst drought in the last 60 years.
This project is funded by Seventh-Day Adventist church – West Kenya Union Conference, ADRA International and the ADRA Network