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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What should be a welcome change to the weather in Kenya — rain — has instead turned the country into a life-threatening disaster zone.
Rainfall so heavy it can’t be absorbed by the dry, compacted ground has pelted counties across the country since March, overflowing reservoirs and rivers and causing extreme flooding that has wiped away crops, livestock and, at times, people.
Around 330,000 people have been displaced from their homes and another 183 killed by the flooding; water sources have been contaminated, skyrocketing the risk of disease.
The global order is changing, and 2018 represents a critical juncture. How can we address conflict, climate change, and other issues that are affecting families around the world?
Read on to learn more in this Q&A with Neal Keny-Guyer, who was served as Mercy Corps' CEO since 1994.
You’ve noted that we’re living in a time of unprecedented confluence of complex crises around the world — in places like Syria, Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Are these distinct events, or are they linked by larger forces?
Just a few days out from Kenya’s national elections, the prospects for a peaceful outcome are uncertain. Nearly half of the population is concerned about safety. The murder last week of Kenyan election official Chris Msando has punctuated what shaky optimism existed. Now, observers can’t help but think back to 2007’s post-election violence that left 1,500 people dead and forced 600,000 people to flee their homes.
NAIROBI, KENYA – On March 30, a Mercy Corps team member was severely injured when the vehicle he and two other team members were using was attacked near the border of West Pokot and Turkana Counties in northern Kenya.
"Ironically, the team was returning from community meetings on violence prevention," says Lynn Renken, Mercy Corps Country Director in Kenya. "We remain committed to helping Kenyan communities resolve conflict peacefully and sustain the peace and security in their communities."
Colorful clothes in modern styles hang by the entrance to Zipporah’s store. Little more than a stall in a shopping center in Nyeri, Kenya, it holds a surprisingly wide selection of women’s clothing. When a customer arrives, Zipporah and her assistant pull out dress after dress until they strike on something impossible to resist.
Chronic violence and instability in the Horn of Africa have spurred major investments in resilience in the hopes of preventing future humanitarian crises. Yet how best to build resilience in conflict contexts remains unclear. Mercy Corps began tackling these issues through previous research that demonstrated that peacebuilding interventions can have positive effects on pastoralists’ abilities to cope with and adapt to severe drought.
Civil war raged in Somalia for more than two decades, beginning with resistance in the late 1980s. After President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, years of widespread fighting forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Things are starting to look up in Somalia — a new, more peaceful government was installed in 2012 — but for refugees of the longstanding civil war, new challenges await.
A new report by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps examines the role of adolescent girls in Kenya’s pastoralist communities, finding that their contribution to household and community food security is critical and grows during times of crisis. With Kenya facing reoccurring drought and hunger, Mercy Corps advises the development community to evaluate the role adolescent girls play in strengthening their communities and adjust programming to meet the needs of this key demographic.
The vast majority of the world’s youth — 87 percent — live in developing countries. In these tough places, one billion young people are faced with the disruptions of war, poverty and disaster that turn the inherent uncertainties of adolescence into a fight for survival.
That “fight” is what many people worry about — displaced from their homes, denied an education, faced with limited employment opportunities, is this a disgruntled generation who will threaten the security and stability of their countries?
Senior Communications Officer
Earlier this summer I spent three weeks in Kenya with Mercy Corps colleagues who are implementing an ambitious program called “Yes Youth Can!” (YYC). Led by youth themselves, the initiative aims to create half a million new jobs for young people in Kenya over the next two years, as well as engage them in civic and social efforts in over 15,000 communities in six Kenyan provinces.
Senior Communications Officer
I’m crouched inside a tea nursery high up in the Central Rift Valley of Kenya, and George Ngethe is patiently explaining to me how tea is produced.
“What you see here will look like that in less than a year,” he points to the hills all around us. We’re surrounded by thousands of acres of tea bushes owned by small farmers throughout this Kenya’s largest province.
The Heads of States of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries should be congratulated on the pledges to end drought emergencies made at the Nairobi Summit on the Horn of Africa Crisis in September 2011. However, limited progress has been made to implement those pledges, and dryland communities in the Horn of Africa are already faced with the prospect of possible below normal rainfall in the coming months. Thus urgent attention should be paid to speeding up the implementation of country plans and the Declaration particularly on the following issues:
Mercy Corps conducted an adapted Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) assessment in Wajir County of Kenya from 2-6 August 2011. The assessment was organized as a response to the hunger crisis resulting from the worst drought in the region in the last 60 years. The EMMA methodology was adapted for this chronic emergency that has seen a steady escalation over the preceding two years and focused on markets that could meet immediate food needs quickly.
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Africa
Responding to Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa
August 3, 2011
Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Isakson:
Cash, food and water programs will help thousands in desperate need
Agency calls for increased support from the U.S. and the international community
In December 2007, Kenya descended into political violence following the disputed presidential elections between incumbent President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity and Raila Odinga's opposition Orange Democratic Movement. Long considered one of the most stable countries in East Africa, some 1,500 people died and 600,000 were displaced in the violence.
The epicenter was Kenya's troubled Rift Valley Province, the site of recurrent violence between the Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes over political power, economic opportunity and land.
-- Neighboring countries' reliance on Kenya could trigger escalation of cross-border suffering
As tensions continue to run high, the global relief and development agency Mercy Corps warns that further chaos and violence in Kenya, long abastion of regional stability, could push neighboring East African countries toward new humanitarian crises.
Bordering countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Ugandaare extremely dependant on Kenya for basic economic and agricultural imports.
As chaos and violence continue to sweep Kenya a month after a disputed presidential election, Mercy Corps has dispatched an emergency team to the country's remote western region where thousands are displaced by violence.
We need your help to reach families caught up in a deadly political crisis that has killed more than 800 people and driven at least 300,000 from their homes.
Agency providing shelter, water supplies in refugee-filled border town
NAIROBI, Kenya- Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency, is distributing shelter and water supplies to thousands of people in flood- and war-affected communities along the Somalia-Kenya border this week.
For months, Somali refugees have been streaming into towns on the Kenya side of the border as they fled economic hardship and civil conflict. Their humanitarian needs - and those of the communities hosting them - were compounded when massive flooding earlier this month destroyed homes, crops, and livestock.