Appeal Amount: $150,000
The semi-arid districts of Turkana and West-Pokot in northern Kenya received little rain during the most recent growing season, leading to serious food shortages and lack of water for both humans and livestock. An assessment by members of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network found that the region was experiencing near-total crop failure. This has resulted in a substantial rise in malnutrition levels, particularly among women and children.
ACT members in the region - comprising the Nairobi Forum, which includes Church World Service, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Dan Church Aid (DCA), Christian Aid (CA), National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) and the Methodist Church in Kenya (MCK) -- propose to respond in the two districts through local churches. NCA has been designated lead agency for the response.
The intervention will focus on the districts of West Pokot and Turkana; the goal of the program is alleviate consequences of famine for some of the most vulnerable peoples in the districts and to strengthen agro-pastoralist farming efforts for improved food security and strategies to cope with drought.
Objectives include providing food relief for affected families and providing farm tools and equipment to 5,200 farm families in the two districts. The effort will also include support for community-based food-for-work programs and strengthen the capacity of local partner churches to manage and respond to emergency situations.
A total of 238,473 people require food aid in the two districts, and the efforts of CWS and its partners will focus on assisting about 20 percent of this population, and further support 5,200 families in the recovery phase, which will include support for the reconstruction of irrigation canals and other projects. The program will last through October 2003.
Efforts are being made to ensure food rations meet World Food Program guidelines. These would likely include (for one person per month), among other items, 5.3 lbs. of beans, 1.76 lbs of cooking oil and 19.8 lbs. of corn flour.
DIRECT ASSISTANCE (INCLUDING FOOD): $1,140,749
POST-CRISIS ASSISTANCE (INCLUDING CANAL RECONSTRUCTION, SEEDS, TOOLS, CAPACITY-BUILDING TRAINING): $196,946
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT: $13,461
PERSONNEL,ADMIN,OPERATION & SUPPORT: $107,137
AUDIT, MONITORING & EVALUATION: $8,923
TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE: $1,467,216
CWS-ERP is seeking $150,000 from its denominational members for this appeal. For more specific information, including budget information, contact CWS ERP. Or go to the ACT web site: www.act-intl.org
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, West Pokot/Turkana (Kenya) Famine #6462 (Ref#:AFKE-31), P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-297-1516.
On-line contributions to: www.churchworldservice.org
For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding, contact CWS Emergency Response. Telephone: (212) 870-3151
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