CWS Emergency Appeal: Kenya drought and famine assistance

# 640D for $474,625

SITUATION: Kenya is suffering a massive crop failure due to irregular rainfall patterns and contamination of grain reserves by afllatoxin, a toxin created by grain mould. This has prompted Kenya's government to declare a nation-wide state of emergency. Food production in five out of seven Kenyan provinces will account for only about 40 percent of the nation's food requirements in 2004, according to the United Nations.

RESPONSE: Church World Service is responding to this emergency in conjunction with two long-time partners in Kenya: the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC).

This response builds on recent work by Church World Service and its local and overseas partners to increase the capacities of grass-root churches and communities so that they can better monitor and respond to emergencies.

This has been partly done through a series of disaster management training workshops; during the past year, "frontline" church workers in nine regions have been trained, with an average of 35 participants per region. A majority of the participants were drawn from member churches of the NCCK and other faith communities. This work has strengthened the institutional capacities of grass-root churches, leading to a greater ability to respond to the needs of survivors of floods in 2003.

As a result of this work, CWS and its partners are now better able to respond to the current drought - specifically in the districts of Turkana, Kitui and Kwale and the Tana River.

CWS is targeting assistance to alleviate the consequences of famine for the most vulnerable families in areas served by the NCCK and KELC.

NCCK is focusing on the two areas of Katilu and Kainuk in the Southern Turkana district; the two areas of Ikutha and Mutha in Kitui district; and the Kinango area of Kwale district.

KELC is assisting families in the Tana River area and in so-called "hunger pockets" in Kajiado, Machakos, and Makueni districts, as well as some parts of the coast province.

The specific CWS-supported response by the KELC includes assistance for 6,500 families, while the NCCK is assisting 12,222 families. Combined, the CWS-supported response is for 18,722 families.

The KELC response includes facilitating education and training of inter-denominational relief distribution committees in KELC's targeted areas; mobilizing communities to identify and register beneficiaries; purchasing, transporting and distributing relief food to 6,500 families; rehabilitating 18 community irrigation pump programs in the Tana River area; appointment and training 18 pump maintenance committees in the Tana River district.

The NCCK response includes identifying and registering 12,222 household beneficiaries from drought-affected families as follows: 3,597 in Turkana South; 6,958 in Mutha and Ikutha; and 1,667 in Kinango Kwale. In addition: reconstituting relief committees in the Turkana, Kitui and Kwale districts; recruiting and training of food monitors, relief staff and church volunteer partners; transporting and overseeing distribution of about 2,156 metric tons of assorted foodstuffs from the World Food Program (WFP); targeting 21,581 individual beneficiaries in Turkana South; purchasing and distributing food to 6,958 households in the Kitui district; and 1,667 households in the Kwale districts.

Also: supporting four women's groups with food security mitigation measures through irrigation water wells programs; supporting rehabilitation of three community irrigation programs in collaboration with Catholic missions; also in collaboration with Catholic missions, supporting two community-based seed banks for 2,000 farmers in Katilu and Kainuk, as well as introducing drought tolerant crops; providing farmers with vegetable pesticides on a cost-recovery basis; providing capacity building in community disaster mitigation and preparedness for community members and church workers in the three areas.



Food Purchase and Distribution - $205,919
Water Systems - $15,156
Seed Purchase - $7,215
Training - $13,400
Operations and Evaluation - $12,345


Value of Donated WFP Food to Be Distributed - $714,276
Food Purchase and Distribution - $144,913
Water Systems - $11,399
Seeds and Seed Banks - $22,228
Training - $14,000
Operations and Evaluation - $28,050

(Cash Contributions of $220,590 needed for NCCK because $714,276 in WFP food already donated.)

TOTAL of both programs: $474,625.

Contributions to support this emergency appeal may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515. Please designate: #640D (Ref# AFKE42) Kenya Drought and Famine Assistance.

For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding -- or to make a credit card contribution -- please visit the Church World Service Website at or phone (800) 297-1516.

CWS Emergency Response Program special contacts:

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