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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*by Sini Maria Heikkila, Humanitarian Policy Officer Tearfund and *
Denis Kongere, Regional Drought Policy and Campaigns Manager, Oxfam
SWIFT Story of Sustainable Change: Changing the lives of women in Katungulu, DRC, through the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene
In the past, the women of Katungulu had no alternative but to make a two-hour round-trip to a contaminated river to collect water. The scarcity of water meant that villagers couldn’t wash themselves, their children or their clothes. It was also a source of conflict.
A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.
NGOs welcome an agreement with potential to enhance opportunities for Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees
NGOs engaged in the search for durable solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya, congratulate the governments of Somalia and Kenya, and UNHCR for developing the Tripartite Agreement on Somali refugees in Kenya. The Tripartite Agreement is a first and important step towards finding durable solutions for Somali refugees in the region.
People living in the world’s largest refugee camp are benefiting from Tearfund work to improve water and sanitation conditions.
The Dadaab site in northern Kenya is home to 465,000 refugees, most having fled warfare and dire food shortages in neighbouring Somalia.
The camp’s population has risen by a third over the last year or so, largely as a result of the food crisis that has affected East Africa following an extreme drought but also exacerbated by spikes in food prices.
Your support for Tearfund’s East Africa appeal has helped 55,000 people in Somalia.
Tearfund partners have been able to do the following work as a result:
In the capital Mogadishu, International Aid Services has been supplying food and other essentials to thousands of people who have fled conflict. Many have few possessions and are living in difficult conditions with inadequate access to water and sanitation.
Your support for Tearfund’s East Africa appeal has helped more than 67,000 people in Kenya.
Drought led the Kenyan government in July 2011 to declare a national disaster. The UN estimates 60 per cent of livestock herds have died and many pastoralists livelihoods have been destroyed.
Tearfund partners have been able to do the following work as a result of your support:
Providing water has been a major part of our response in the arid areas of northern Kenya, such as Turkana district.
The past few months have been truly grim for mother-of-three Suldana Ali, pictured above, but new hope has given her a reason to smile again.
After enduring hunger and desperate need, Suldana is now able to look after her family due to the work of a Tearfund partner.
The 27-year-old fled her native Somalia because of the drought that has inflicted terrible hunger on her community. She ended up in a makeshift home in a camp outside the town of Dhobley on the Kenya/Somalia border.
People living in Somali coastal communities are facing significant hardship as a result of being caught in the combined grip of drought and conflict, according to a Tearfund partner.
Assessments by World Concern of some communities along Somalia’s coast have revealed that many people are lacking even the most basic services, with food, water, medicines, livelihood support and sanitation urgently needed.
Since the food crisis broke in Kenya nearly six months ago, Tearfund has helped more than 25,000 people in the country’s arid north.
We are working through partners to provide practical aid to the most vulnerable people in poverty affected by the drought.
Although there have been storms in recent weeks, rain has been a virtual stranger to the northern region of Marsabit since 2009. Consequently the water table has been low and existing boreholes were running perilously low.
After months of getting by on poor quality and unreliable supplies, mother-of-five Asha has clean drinking water for her family.
Nearby, her neighbour 60-year-old Dahabo and her children are sleeping under a mosquito net and for the first time have better protection from contracting malaria.
These are just two people who’ve been tangibly helped by Tearfund’s East Africa food crisis appeal, two people who’ve been given hope in the face of a critical drought affecting much of the region.
‘This is the worst crisis we’ve ever experienced. We’ve gone from a reasonably successful life to utter devastation.’
The words of Salina Mamoru convey something of the detrimental impact of the drought affecting more than 13 million people in East Africa but her appearance and living conditions also speak volumes.
The 37-year-old is staying in the Katilu displacement camp in Turkana, northern Kenya, a dry, sandy and dusty place that has no home comforts.
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
Despite the extraordinary advances of the 21 st century, the devastating impacts of poverty and preventable diseases continue to prevail. While major development efforts are ongoing in countries around the world, the vast majority of those programmes continue to be implemented through segmented divisions and budgets as dictated by institutional structures – such as health, education, nutrition or water and sanitation.
Dangerous levels of malnutrition are increasing in Somalia and many more people are likely to become famine-stricken, according to latest assessments.
In some parts of the drought-affected country, more than 50 per cent of the population are suffering acute malnutrition. Overall, 3.7 million people need food urgently.
Five areas of central and southern Somalia were declared famine zones in July but the Famine Early Warning Systems is warning more areas could join that list over the next four to six weeks.
Drought-hit Kenyans are resorting to desperate measures to find water which are putting their lives at risk, according to a Tearfund partner.
The Turkana region is one of the worst affected by the lack of rain in Kenya, leaving many thousands of people who rely on livestock for their livelihoods battling for survival.
Family life is being disrupted with many children unable to attend school because their families need them to obtain water from any source available.
Tearfund partners in East Africa are stepping up efforts to help people going hungry due to drought, failed harvests and rocketing food prices.
Around ten million people are suffering as a result of the crisis that is mainly affecting parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
UNICEF is warning that two million children are malnourished as a result of the drought in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage.
Some ten million people in East Africa are facing severe hunger as some areas experience the worst drought in 60 years destroying crops and livestock.
South east Ethiopia is the hardest hit region, with 3.2 million farming-dependent people experiencing a food crisis, while 3.2 million others are affected in northern Kenya and 2.5 million in Somalia.
This is another blow to a region that has been hit by a succession of climatic challenges, notably in 2009, when years of failed rains and harvests left 20 million people facing life-threatening food and water shortages.
G20 countries attending a key development meeting in South Africa today (Wed) must call for the urgent release of promised funds to stop more people from going hungry as food prices skyrocket once again, says the UK Hunger Alliance.
The coalition of international aid agencies says that money should be made available to countries most vulnerable to food insecurity in a new report entitled: Tackling the High Food Price Challenge.
Background paper - ODI Project Briefings 41 published by ODI, Tearfund and World Vision, May 2010
Faith based communities (FBCs) (Box 1) provide 40% to 50% of healthcare in developing countries (African Religious Health Assets Programme, 2006). One in five organisations working on HIV programmes are faith-based (World Health, 2004). While their role in responding to HIV is recognised, FBCs have unexploited capacity for the delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care.
This is partly because some humanitarian organisations do not value the role of FBCs.