Episcopal Relief and Development is providing
emergency assistance to people in Kenya affected by severe drought. While
parts of the country have received heavy seasonal rains, thousands living
in districts in northern Kenya and millions in neighboring countries in
East Africa such as Tanzania and Somalia continue facing food crises.
Nomadic herding communities are most at-risk, with 70 percent of the animals dead. Many communities have lost two consecutive harvests and nearly all their livestock in the drought.
Episcopal Relief and Development is partnering with Action by Churches Together (ACT) to provide immediate food supplies and clean water to four districts in Northern Kenya -- Machakos, Makueni, Kitui and Mwingi. Working with ecumenical partners, ERD will provide both emergency and long-term development support. The assistance will help clean earth dams, excavate and protect shallow wells, install a water piping system and construct sub-surface dams. Community members will be trained on effective management of water points.
"Our work will have a lasting impact on farmers' ability to withstand periods of drought and help bring a level of prosperity to farmers who are at the mercy of erratic rains," said Janette O'Neill, ERD's Program Director for Africa.
ERD is currently working with four Anglican dioceses in the Nyanza Province in western Kenya on food security and primary health care programs. The province has the highest poverty rate and HIV prevalence rate in Kenya.
To make a contribution to help people affected by this crisis, donate to the Africa Relief Fund at http://www.er-d.org/, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, designated for Africa Relief Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.
Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c) (3) organization, ERD saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.