Kenya

ACT Appeal Kenya: Assistance to the victims of floods in Kenya - AFKE- 33 (Revision 1)

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Appeal Target: US$ 793,073
Balance Requested from ACT Network: US$ 707,999
Geneva, 25 August 2003

Dear Colleagues,

The response to this appeal has been extremely poor, to the extent that our members could not provide very meaningful assistance to the targeted people in the respective areas of operations. As such, after some consultative meetings with their partners, Norwegian Church Aid - Kenya (NCA), and Church World Service - Kenya (CWS) as the responsible co-ordinating agencies to the response, agreed to revise the appeal. Overall, the appeal has only received 7.5% of the target of $1,040, 425.

The revised appeal now focuses on helping the most vulnerable families with agriculture seeds and tools and capacity building initiatives for church workers involved in emergency work. In terms of food, non food items and medicines the Kenyan government, through UN agencies and other international organisations, were able to provide sufficient assistance. However, NCCK member churches carried out an assessment in the month of July and identified people that still required relief assistance. The appeal therefore, has still components to provide relief food and non food items to the identified vulnerable people. Due to decreased activities however, the appeal has been reduced from 8 months to 6 months which means the completion date of the appeal will now be 31 October, 2003 instead of December, 2003. The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has however, not revised their part of the appeal and therefore, their programs will run up to the end of the year.

Project Completion Date:

CWS - 31 October 2003
NCA - 31 October 2003
ACK - 31 December 2003

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested

CWS (NCCK & ELCK)
NCA (CiDRi)
ACK
Total Target US$
Total Appeal Target(s)
144,273
189,195
459,605
793,073
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd.
38,000
9,934
37,140
85,074
Balance Requested from ACT Network
106,273
179,261
422,465
707,999

Please kindly send your contributions to the following ACT bank account:

Account Number - 240-432629.60A (USD)
Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
UBS SA
PO Box 2600
1211 Geneva 2
SWITZERLAND

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address jkg@act-intl.org) of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

John Nduna
Acting Director, ACT

I. IMPLEMENTING ACT MEMBER & PARTNER INFORMATION

  • Church World Service (CWS) East Africa Region

The CWS Nairobi raises this Appeal on behalf of both NCCK and the ELCK and will consequently, be responsible for follow up on the projects implementation and reporting procedures as required by ACT Geneva. ANF has mandated CWS to be the Lead Agency in Western Kenya and will directly be responsible, for communication with ACT Geneva, while keeping the partners in Nairobi informed accordingly.

II. DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTING ACT MEMBER

Please refer to original appeal of 10 June 2003.

III. DESCRIPTION OF THE EMERGENCY SITUATION

Budalangi Division and Nyando District

Background Information

In April this year the highland catchments adjacent to Lake Victoria received exceptionally heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the lakeshore districts, leading to displacement of over 50,000 people in addition to crop losses and increased disease outbreak. Although the Rains have significantly reduced in Western Kenya for the last month, the situation of the displaced populations in Budalangi has not improved yet since the highlands across the Rift valley which drain in to River Nzoia have continued to receive heavy rains throughout the period under review. This has prevented the displaced communities from returning to their homes.

In the case of Nyando area, the situation has significantly improved and the majority of the population have gone back to their homes, however the churches have identified a total of about 100 vulnerable families who need to be targeted for further relief food support and resettlement. These are HIV AIDS orphaned - child headed families, elderly people and widows.

To date several organisations led by the Kenya Red Cross Society including the GOK, have distributed both food and non- food materials to the affected population. However, a recent assessment report carried out by ELCK & NCCK in Nyando and Budalangi areas respectively and facilitated by CWS, have established that since the floods started in April, the camps hosting the flood victims have grown from nine to eleven with a total population of about 21,000 people in Budalangi alone.

The team also established that, while the population of women in the reproductive age group remains significantly high, the most vulnerable groups (which include the elderly, disabled and children less than 5 years) have continued to present unique needs that are being marginalized by other actors. It is as a result of the concern to the status of these groups that the churches on the ground feel morally obligated to re-target their assistance in this revised appeal.

Following this situation ACT - Nairobi Forum (ANF) requested the Church World Service (CWS), to once more facilitate both NCCK and ELCK in Budalangi and Nyando areas and to revise the initial ACT Appeal taking into account the current changes on the ground.

BUDALANGI & SIFUNO- BUSIA DISTRICT

Implementing Partner NCCK

Budalangi is one of the six divisions of Busia District in Western Province. The division with a population of 54,000 people covers an area of 312km2.

Of this, 54% of the total population is made up of women while 60% is made up of children between 0 - 14 years. The division has a density population of 182 persons per square kilometre. The River Nzoia drains into Lake Victoria through Budalangi division. This area has a fairly flat terrain, and once the river bursts its banks, the resultant flooding displaces close to 30,000 persons every year.

Current/Emergency Situation

About 21,000 persons are still displaced and living in 11 camps, with two schools still submerged in water. Although several organizations have continued to provide relief food and basic materials, the distribution mechanism remains wanting. This is due to lack of co-ordination amongst the relief providers and limited monitoring. There is, therefore, need to review the situation on the ground with changes of both beneficiary categories and subsequent re- targeting of the limited available resources to the most vulnerable and desperate community members among the displaced people in the camps.

Although the people were evacuated to safer higher grounds, basic needs are not readily available for victims living in the camps. Moreover, the problem has been further compounded by increased waterborne diseases like typhoid and acute malaria, increased shortage of food, limited sanitation, low school attendance and increased poverty as most farmers had lost their livelihoods.

IV. BENEFICIARIES

In this intervention, the NCCK church members will focus their attention on a total of 3,000 vulnerable and marginalized community members who will be drawn from the 11 camps in Budalangi

V. GOALS & OBJECTIVES

Goal

To enhance recovery and quality of life for a total of 3,000 flood victims with special needs - (2,800 in Budalangi and 200 in Sifuno areas respectively).

Objectives

To strengthen the capacity of the NCCK member churches in Budalangi by availing resources to alleviate the suffering and enhance quick recovery of the targeted families.

Strengthen the local Disaster response committee composed of all stakeholders with a view of establishing a viable co-ordination mechanism for effective delivery of relief and recovery materials in the camps.

Provide food relief to improve nutritional status of 600 marginalized households in the camps.

Strengthen the advocacy capacity role of the NCCK Regional committee to lobby the government for co-ordinated response and to initiate long term solutions for flood problems in Budalangi.

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