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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19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year we provide a snapshot into our work with partners during a response to flooding in Kenya.
Flooding causes mass internal displacement
CBM aims to better understand what effects our work has on the lives of persons with disabilities, their families and communities. One of the approaches to capture changes is the framework of Social Return on Investment (SROI) which seeks to account for the social value created, based on financial returns as appreciated by the perception and experience of different stakeholders. This framework tries to make externalities visible which the common business economics methods like Return on Investment falls short of.
Keeping children safe
According to the CBM Child Safeguarding Policy, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be abused compared to children without disabilities. This puts children with disabilities at a higher risk of abuse as they are more likely to be taken advantage of by a care giver or a stranger.
Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.
The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.
Marching for a cause
In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, children drawn from public and private primary schools, as well as the Kakuma and Daadab refugee camps, congregated at the New Kihumbuini Primary School in Kangemi to commemorate the 2015 Day of the African Child (DAC).
What is this report about?
CBM in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the Kenyan Red Cross conducted a research study in the Horn of Africa crisis region about “Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana/Kenya”. The aim of the study was to assess whether children with disabilities were included within humanitarian and food security response programmes in Turkana, and whether there is an association between disability and malnutrition.
In Turkana County, there is a general lack of awareness among communities and health service providers on issues related to disability
Often, specialised services and care centres are not available to persons with disabilities and their rights to equal opportunities are compromised.
Persons with disabilities are more vulnerable due to deliberate social exclusion, discrimination and sexual exploitation.
When Gloria was only two months old her parents noticed there was no movement across her eyes and she could not detect light. After trying herbal and traditional medicine her mother decided to get help from a local dispensary, but the doctor at the clinic was not able to help her; she referred them to CBM partner Tenwek hospital. She was diagnosed as having congenital cataract esotropia and went through a successful cataract surgery. Gloria can now see and play happily.
Referred to a CBM partner
CBM and partners launch key publication on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
As disasters have such a huge impact on human lives, it is important to make Disaster Risk Management inclusive to all. CBM and its partners have launched a key publication on good practices in this important field. It gives great examples of disability inclusive Disaster Risk Management, showing persons with disabilities as active participants in Disaster Risk Response interventions.
What Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction means?
In April 2013 CBM, together with Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) and Kenya Red Cross (KRC), launched the ‘Baseline Survey Report 2012’ which assesses the impact and gaps of disaster and emergency on person with disability in northern Kenya. The findings from the baseline survey, the first of its kind, shall inform future CBM response and commitment in mainstreaming disability within KRC relief activities and other strategic mainstream humanitarian organisations in times of emergencies and post emergencies.
CBM together with Radar Development celebrated the International Day for Persons with Disabilities this year by hosting a career fair for youth with disabilities.
Radar Development is the only recruitment consultancy in Tanzania and Kenya dedicated to finding meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Radar Development assists employers in placing people with disabilities within their organisations through a comprehensive package of information and support services.
Broadcast on YouTube
This year, the World Humanitarian Day will be marked in a context where armed conflicts and disasters such as earthquakes and food crises are causing an increase in the number of persons living with disabilities.
At the same time, there are often barriers that prevent persons with disabilities themselves from accessing the humanitarian relief provided by aid agencies, be they governmental or non-governmental, local or international.
CBM through its partner SPARK facilitated the formation of groups of mothers with children with disabilities at the time of the drought by providing food rations and seeds to plant. Through the CBM post emergency community empowerment projects, the 38 members of the group have undergone various trainings to strengthen their capacity. The trainings included learning the importance of immunisation, nutritional needs for their children with disabilities, improved farming techniques and group dynamics.
CBM donated a nine seater Volkswagen minivan to the Henry Wanyoike Foundation during a short ceremony held on 22nd March 2012 in Nairobi at the CBM Regional Offices. This will assist the foundation as it prepares for its annual community race which helps in creating awareness about people living with disabilities. Henry is a renowned Kenyan athlete who has excelled in the athletics field and is recognised both locally and internationally.
Hope for the Future Run
Thank you for giving me legs
“Thank you for giving me legs, I’m praying for you,” Says Sabina Lobei after receiving a tricycle donated by CBM through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK).
“Now I can get to where food is being distributed with ease” she adds. Sabina fell down when she was young, and could not walk again. Her parents treated her the best way they knew how by using herbal medicine that didn’t work for her.
A tripartite agreement between CBM, KRC and APDK in mainstreaming disability within KRC operations in northern and north-east regions of Kenya has seen persons with disabilities (PWDs) assisted through the concerted effort to maximise the access of activities implemented in response to the food crisis. The programme launched on 25th November 2011 will also increase and support their access to existing specialised services through donation of mobility devices.
A beneficiary talks
Combating the 2011 East Africa food crisis, CBM and partners are distributing food in Kenya, targeting children under five, vulnerable households and schools welcoming children with disabilities. Awareness sessions on nutrition and hygiene are being organised and plans for the coming months being made, including distribution of seeds and training to improve food production.
Children under five particularly at risk
CBM has commenced support to combat the shortage of food supplies in various schools affected by the food crisis. Food packages will be provided to students to return home with. CBM is also seeking for a long term solution for future improved disaster preparedness.
Supporting drought-affected regions
The long-lasting drought in Eastern Africa will probably have severe consequences: survivors might go blind or be disabled due to other conditions. Especially children are in danger of loosing their sight due to malnutrition.