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20 Jul 2018 description
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Garry Walsh

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 Jun 2018 description
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Alan Whelan
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.

10 May 2018 description
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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.

04 Sep 2017 description
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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.

22 Aug 2017 description
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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.

21 Aug 2017 description

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.

01 Aug 2017 description
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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.

11 Jul 2017 description
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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.

11 May 2017 description
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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.

21 Mar 2016 description
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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.

07 Jan 2015 description
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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.

20 Oct 2014 description
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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.

08 Aug 2014 description

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.

08 Jul 2013 description
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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.

20 Jul 2012 description
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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.

26 Jun 2012 description

Executive Summary

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.

04 Jun 2012 description
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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.

16 Dec 2011 description
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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.

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