Emergency intervention in Kenya: The story of the Nganga family

As a result of violence following the presidential elections, at least 200,000 Kenyans have been displaced, and the country is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. The CHF International emergency response team conducted a rapid assessment following the onset of violence and has been responding to the need for emergency shelter and sanitation ever since. The Nganga family is one of the first recipients of the transitional shelters.

When he was five years old, Mr. David Nganga moved to Lugari district from Kenya's Central Province with his parents and seven siblings. His family purchased land and began raising cattle and planting corn soon afterwards.

After his father passed away, Mr. Nganga and his family, including his mother and eight children, took over the family farm and continued to plant corn and raise cattle. In addition to working on the farm, Mr. Nganga also opened a small grocery store out of his house from which he sold basic commodities such as corn, beans, vegetable oil, and kerosene. He also preached in a small church that welcomed members regardless of ethnicity.

On January 2nd, Mr. Nganga received a phone call from a neighbor with bad news. While away from his homestead, a mob had begun vandalizing his property and had set his home and store on fire. He returned as quickly as possible to put out the fire, but the damage to his house and business were severe.

He decided to look for protection for himself and his family at the local police station, but the violence had so overwhelmed the police that they were unable to help, so he decided to return home. When he reached his homestead, his house was on fire again, and this time, there was nothing he could do.

Fearing for their lives, the Ngangas fled their home with the items that they had rescued from the fire. They moved to a field near the police station in Likuyani where they used a broken truck as shelter. Due to limited space, the Nganga family often had to leave their belongings unprotected in the open.

CHF International is working with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Soy AIDS Resource Center to provide displaced individuals with access to clean water and transitional shelters in two of the areas most affected by the violence-Burnt Forest and Eldoret. The Nganga family now has safe and comfortable shelter in which to sleep and store their belongings and access to proper sanitation facilities.

CHF and its partners aim to assist at least 500 displaced households in the following weeks, but thousands remain without proper shelter and basic necessities, such as clean water, food, blankets, and medicine.

Your contribution can assure that more displaced families receive assistance during this difficult time. Learn more about CHF in Kenya, or make a contribution now.