Appeals & Response Plans
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- 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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The 2016-2017 devastating drought left an estimated 2.7 million people from 23 out of the total 47 counties in Kenya in need of humanitarian assistance. This led to massive loss of livestock and livelihoods, leaving more people vulnerable and at risk of food insecurity. The continuous threat of drought, floods, and conflict over resources have created a “ticking time-bomb” scenario that is exacerbated by climate change, leaving many disheartened about their futures.
As rains failed in the whole of Samburu Country, residents of Nomotio village in particular have faced many hardships. As Francisca Loitakol, a 24-year-old mother, describes it, the lack of rains in their village caused their water resources to dwindle as well as their agricultural output. For months now they relied on just one or two meals a day and this has put a strain on her family both physically and emotionally.
Students maximize on their studies with better access to water and sanitation
Poor Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions have severe repercussions on children; they are more vulnerable to water-related diseases, such as cholera and diarrhea, which are on the rise. In 2017, schools in the Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) regions, particularly Mandera County, faced closure due to lack of reliable sources of water. This happened as the region faced acute water shortages following a country-wide prolonged drought.
Ntepes is a populous village in the outskirts of Wamba, Samburu County. As a dry area that receives little rainfall, there is no guarantee for families nor farmers that they can have access to safe water for domestic and livestock use. As such, though the village is home to more than 400 families, for almost two years, they could only rely on water from wells dug along the dry river bed.
In Lenge’i village, Samburu County, access to safe water has for years been a big challenge due to poor infrastructural development. The area receives very little rainfall subsequently affecting the surface and sub-surface water recharge rates. Recurrent droughts have led to increased distances and time spent in search of safe water.
Long dry spells in Samburu County have resulted in increased resource based conflict among different pastoral communities. The conflict dynamic has changed pitting pastoral herders and ranchers in the county as the dry season progresses. Human-wildlife conflicts have also resulted in increased tensions among herders and ranchers as pastoralists move to protected ranches affecting the ecological balance of pristine protected areas.
The failed rains in 2016 led to the current unprecedented high malnutrition rates among vulnerable pregnant and lactating women, and children under five years.
In response to the high global acute malnutrition rate of 20% in Samburu County, ACTED is providing short-term unconditional cash transfers to the most drought-affected households to counter the effects of the drought. It is expected that this short–term income boost will enable these vulnerable households purchase food for household consumption, thereby reducing the malnutrition rates.
6.2 million people in Somalia are food insecure, namely more than half of the Somali population.
Drought is widespread across Somalia warn ACTED teams in the country. In Puntland, severe drought has directly affected up to 150,000 people and has displaced an additional 12,000 people, according to the consortium. In parts of Somaliland, the average distance to water points has risen to 50 kilometres, while some communities are traveling as far as 125 kilometres, making water consumption drop below 3 litres per person per day. Overall, more than 320,000 children are acutely malnourished and need urgent nutrition support.
Climate change, exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon, has adversely affected the Horn of Africa, causing drought and famine, as it happened in 2011, when a severe drought struck the entire East African region, including Kenya, and caused a severe food crisis.
With the aim of reducing drought emergencies, ACTED Kenya has been implementing resilience projects in the most affected parts of Kenya, the arid and semi-arid lands, in the North of the country.
Inter-communal conflicts in Northern Kenya have plagued the arid and semi-arid lands for decades. Consequently, these areas have seen frequent movement of IDPs from their villages to neighboring counties in search of livelihoods and peace.
Climate change as a factor of increasing vulnerability levels in Kenya
ACTED is working with partners, with the support of DFATD, to improve the ability of the communities in West Pokot, in the border area of Kenya and Uganda, to resist shocks and diversify livelihoods. This is being done through the provision of grants to Village Planning Committees. Viviane is a member of the Nyang’aita community, and this is the story of how a camel has impacted her life.
WEST POKOT [ACTED News] - In Kenya’s West Pokot region ACTED is working with the Kenyan Red Cross and support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to increase communities’ ability to mitigate risks and support them in diversifying their livelihoods. One of the ways this is being done is through the provision of grants to Village Planning Committees in the region. One community has chosen to purchase 75 bee hives and 16 honey harvesting kits. The honey that they produce will be used for both consumption within the community, and for commercial use.
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.
NAIROBI [ACTED News] - Severe drought conditions are affecting pastoral and agro pastoral communities across Baringo County, Kenya, in particular in East Pokot Sub County. Inconsistent rains throughout 2014 have left households unable to meet their basic food and water needs, and struggling to sustain their livestock. The conditions are expected to deteriorate, and with malnutrition rates reaching 21.1% in June (UNICEF), well above the emergency threshold. As a result, the need for emergency interventions is critical.
Following the persistent inter-communal conflict in Wajir and Mandera Counties, Northern Kenya, ACTED has launched an emergency response, funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to provide water, hygiene, sanitation and shelter to 36,000 people displaced in Mandera.
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