Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa. Trócaire has been able to respond to the crisis providing water, food and funds to 75,000 people.
July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa.
This appeal responded to the threat of famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. A combination of drought and conflict left almost 25 million people facing severe food shortages.
19 June 2018
Trócaire supporters are helping to bring hope to survivors of drought in Kenya, where we have provided emergency aid to over 27,000 people.
Kenyans have survived through two years of failed rains. It is the worst crisis the country has faced since 2011.
Thankfully, since mid-February 2018, the weather has started to improve. Some rains have arrived early to the drought affected regions of Kenya, bringing hope to people. This has improved access to water for both livestock and for human consumption.
Flooding in Kenya has forced almost 250,000 people from their homes over recent days.
Trócaire is responding and will be providing food, water and other aid to 12,000 people over the coming weeks.
The flooding has been caused by heavy rainfall across the country. This follows prolonged drought that left millions without food – a further sign of the weather extremes now facing people in the region.
Approximately 100 people have died as a result of the floods. The flooding has also led to an outbreak of cholera.
By Liz Evers
Fundraising appeal has helped Trócaire scale up its efforts in East African countries where drought situation continues to deteriorate.
For several months now, the East African countries of Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya have been experiencing the devastating impacts of prolonged drought. Over 26 million people in the affected regions are now severely food insecure.
Trócaire has been engaged in a relief effort with fellow humanitarian agencies, funding partners and local organisations to support the most vulnerable and worst impacted.
Eoin Wrenn reports on the profound social problems, including high instances of violence and abuse, in the slums of Nakuru in Kenya and some of Trócaire’s efforts to address them.
It is not very often that I feel a sense of disillusionment after spending time with communities that Trócaire is working with.
However, this is how I felt last week after spending a few days in the slums of Nakuru, the fourth largest city in Kenya, about 160km from the capital Nairobi.
New survey reveals alarming malnutrition rates in Turkana, East Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, and West Pokot
Nearly 73,000 children in Kenya are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from drought-related hunger unless urgent aid is made immediately available.
The warning comes as results from joint nutrition assessments conducted by the County Departments of Health and UNICEF, and nine aid organisations working on the ground— including Save the Children—are revealed.
Posted by Liz Evers
As Kenya’s 8 August general election fast approaches, journalist Bill Corcoran takes a look at Trócaire’s peace-building initiatives in the country’s hotspots of intertribal violence.
Edward Shihima has seen first-hand the impact that peace building has on communities in Kibera, a Nairobi slum overwhelmed by intertribal violence following the country’s disputed general elections in 2007.
by Liz Evers
Trócaire’s Niamh McCarthy reports on her recent visit to Turkana in Kenya, where she saw the awful impact of the ongoing drought on the country’s most vulnerable citizens – its children.
I recently returned to Ireland from Lodwar in the arid Turkana district of Kenya, where I had travelled to help generate much-needed media coverage of the drought there.
With severe drought gripping many parts of East Africa, millions of people are facing possible starvation in the coming months. David O’Hare from Trócaire recently returned from northern Kenya where he saw the impact of the crisis on people there.
Mary Nakodos Lokerian walked for 13km to get to the emergency food distribution funded by Trócaire near the centre of Lodwar town in northern Kenya.
By Catherine M Waking’a, Trócaire East Africa
Turkana County is an arid area in north-west Kenya which has experienced significant drought in recent years due to climate change.
Most of the people living there are pastoralists, relying on livestock for survival, who have to trek long distances in search of water and pasture.
Following the devastating drought in East Africa in 2011, Trócaire established a recovery project with funding from Irish Aid, Caritas New Zealand and St Vincent de Paul in the areas of Turkwell and Turkana Central.
Posted by Liz Evers
Trócaire's Michelle Hoctor writes about Father Patrick Devine, a Trócaire partner working on conflict issues in Northern Kenya.
Roscommon-born Fr Patrick Devine has had many profound experiences during his 25 years working in Africa as a priest with the Society of African Missions. This includes development work in remote areas of Northern Kenya (a region two and a half times the size of Ireland) and teaching about conflict-related issues.
By James Mwangi, Governance and Human Rights Officer in Kenya, and Julian Waagensen, Governance and Human Rights Policy Officer
9 October 2014: Huge crowds shout themselves hoarse along the major streets of Nairobi as the presidential motorcade slithers from the airport to the city centre.
Need for emergency food, water and livestock interventions in East Pokot as drought worsens
8 August, 2014-Nairobi - The Sub-County of East Pokot, Baringo County is facing severe drought conditions. Due to inconsistent rains in 2014, households are currently unable to meet their basic food and water needs as well as sustain their livestock.
By Catherine Khamali, Kenya HIV Officer
Trócaire is supporting a health clinic assisting the HIV positive community in the Mukuru slum, Nairobi, Kenya. The clinic has helped more than 30,000 people in just 3 years.
The Mukuru slum is a winding maze of narrow alleyways and aluminium shacks. Located just 10 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi, Mukuru is a world away from the traffic jams of the Kenyan capital. Here, many of the mud tracks that run through the slum are too narrow for cars.
Posted by Justin Kilcullen
I will never forget the shocking scenes I witnessed in east Africa last summer. Mothers, fathers and children left facing days on end with no food, weak from hunger and desperate in the knowledge that it would be months before the rains came.
There was a hopelessness in people’s eyes as they stared out at their barren land and empty animal pens. Drought had deprived them of food, of animals, of income. They were left with nothing.
A. Exercise Objective
A. Exercise objective
The objective of the People First Impact Method (P-FiM) (Annex 2) exercise in Turkana was to give a voice to communities in selected areas. It records declarations of impact and measures the impact; positive, negative and neutral of interventions by stakeholders without agency or project bias from the perspective of the community. It sets out the attribution of positive, negative and neutral change alongside the drivers of impact.
A. Exercise objective
Posted by Eoghan Rice
A short sunny spell in Ireland has already led to calls for people to be careful how much water they use in case of shortages.
Just as the freeze of two winter’s ago led to frozen pipes in many Irish homes, even the possibility of water shortages this summer reminds us of just how dependant we are on functioning taps. Cooking, washing and cleaning all require easy access to water – when that access stops, normal life grinds to a halt very quickly.
Posted by Alan Whelan
Below I've picked 11 of our most striking photos from a busy 2011, representing Trócaire's work responding to emergencies in Haiti, East Africa and Pakistan and our long term development work in Honduras, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine and Zimbabwe.