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
Most read reports
- Dubai Cares' program in Kenya harnesses the power of technology to boost learning outcomes
- Kenya: Half of the assessed households report insufficient access to food at Dadaab refugee complex
- Kenya: Red Cross Goes Door-to-Door to Save Kids from Measles
- Kenya: African Development Bank approves €62.914 million loan to improve access to sustainable wastewater services in Nairobi
- Kenya: Cash Programming Fact Sheet - Targeted Counties: Garissa, Mandera, Samburu, Tana River, Wajir, Isiolo and Turkana, August 2018
WRITTEN BY CARRIE WOODWARD
Highlights of the 2017 Annual Report
Pause. Think about 2017. Growing innovation. Natural disasters. Political tensions. Changing cultures. And in the midst of that, Food for the Hungry (FH) faithfully pursued the vision of ending all forms of poverty worldwide. Read the full annual report online here and read on below for some exciting highlights of FH’s year.
World Food Day is supposed to celebrate progress toward ending hunger around the globe.
But this World Food Day, 815 million people are hungry.
WRITTEN BY JOSH AYERS
Can the world ever eradicate poverty? At Food for the Hungry, we believe it’s possible.
In fact, we see progress toward this every day in communities all around the world where we work to ease human suffering and graduate communities from extreme poverty. But, it is an uphill climb.
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.
Today is World Environment Day. It’s a time when the United Nations encourages you and me to get out and enjoy nature. The UN hopes this inspires us all to protect the planet we share.
PHOENIX (April 2, 2015) – Tuesday, April 7 is World Health Day, a day originally created to recognize the founding of the World Health Organization. Today, organizations like Food for the Hungry (FH) celebrate World Health Day by recognizing the successes of global health programs like the establishment of defecation-free zones in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Those living in communities where public restrooms are a fact of life may have a hard time understanding the risks and challenges associated with public defecation.
In Kenya, Food for the Hungry (FH) worked to help build a school. While education helps a child’s future, it does so much for them today as well.
The Lakartinya School is making a huge impact in children’s lives. Here are some ways children are being supported.
Giving Girls a Chance
Many times, boys are favored over girls for receiving an education in Kenya. When FH works with a community, it also works with parents. Now, parents living in the communities near the Lakartinya school understand the importance of education for both boys and girls.
Training Africans to increase sales and grow small agricultural businesses
PHOENIX (August 5, 2014) – President Barack Obama spoke to 50 African leaders at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington D.C. from Aug. 4-6, to promote Africa’s economic growth in business and foreign investment. President Obama rallied support for Africa’s upcoming generation in creating business opportunities.
Kalacha town in Kenya is an oasis in the middle of the Chalbi desert—near the borders of Ethiopia and Somalia. While the town has natural springs, it still experiences devastating droughts, such as the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 that put 4.5 million Kenyans into a food crisis. It’s also an area that has experienced deforestation with disastrous effects on its land.
Celebrate World Water Day and learn about water projects around the world
Did you know…in the world’s poorest countries, approximately 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water? There is an even greater number lacking adequate sanitation and proper hygiene.
World Water Day is March 22, and Food for the Hungry celebrates the many water projects that faithful partners like you have help us complete worldwide. Your prayers and financial gifts are not only saving lives, but you are helping to change communities! Communities like Kinna, Kenya.
Today through Thursday -- which just so happens to be World AIDS Day -- FH staff in Kenya are carrying out a massive campaign to medically circumcise more than 150 men in one of the world's most HIV-endemic places.
Once men learn that voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can help protect them from HIV, many willingly line up for it. The procedure has been reported to lower by about 60 percent a man's risk of contracting HIV from a woman.
In a recent report from FH field staff in Kenya, one of the challenges listed to FH's new Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program was that every day, there was a long line of men waiting for the procedure--more men than the project could handle.
The World Health Organization reports that circumcision lowers by about 60 percent the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men, which is why the procedure has exploded in popularity in developing countries the past couple of years.
"I think this is one of the best things we could ever do for HIV; it's one of the most successful prevention methods," says FH's HIV/AIDS programs coordinator, Kim Buttonow, MPH. "You can have an HIV-free generation."
By expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), children of HIV-positive mothers actually could choose whether to protect themselves from the deadly virus, instead of being born with it.
Many of the families suffering from the extreme food crisis in the Horn of Africa are families whose lives depend on their animals (read more about this in our last Poverty 180 blog post).
Education can come in many forms -- you don't need to be sitting at a desk in order to learn. For the past six years, FH has been teaching livestock herders in the Marsabit town of Northern Kenya principles behind animal health that ultimately lead to better lives for themselves and their families.
Today, the United Nations declared famine in parts of the Horn of Africa -- resulting from the past few years of unpredictable weather and extreme drought. There hasn't been an official famine since 1984-85.
One of the ways FH is helping save lives in this region is by caring for the animals on which so many people depend.
An estimated 3.8 million people in Kenya are in urgent need of emergency food assistance in the next six months, according to official reports, as the country continues to suffer from prolonged drought. Poor seasonal rains have affected crop production, resulting in widespread food and water shortages, high food prices, and disrupted livelihoods in pastoralist communities.
Among the worst affected by the crisis are the pastoralists in the northern and eastern regions of the country, where the drought conditions have increased the incidence of livestock disease and deaths.
Somali refugees in northeastern Kenya have been evacuated to higher ground because of the torrential downpours that have pounded the region, causing what some reports said was the worst flooding in 50 years. Each day the condition deteriorates. More than 100,000 Somali refugees out of the 160,000 living in the Dadaab camps have been displaced.
The Neebe family has lost more than 20 animals to drought -- they have only four left. They have tried a few times to take their surviving animals to very far places to graze, but they found out that even in places where there was pasture, many animals were dying. Now they keep their animals nearby to feed on whatever little fodder they can find, hoping their few remaining animals do not die.
Emergency relief is urgently needed as Kenya suffers from the effects of a persistent drought. Because of the lack of food and water caused by a nearly year long drought, scores of people and a large number of livestock animals -- particularly cattle, sheep, camels, donkeys and goats -- have died in arid northern Kenya, where pastoralists are entirely dependent on their herds.
By Huka Duba
Poverty is painfully evident in the community of Lakartinya, Kenya. Food for the Hungry began working here two years ago, through the Marsabit Food Security Program. We were drawn by the people's physical weakness, emaciated bodies, malnourished children, poor sanitation, unbalanced diet, illeteracy, and general living. Diseases such as malaria and diarrhea ravage all 100 households, especially to children under age 5.