Period covered by this Ops Update: March 2011- May 2012
Appeal target (current): CHF 30,438,354;
Appeal coverage: The IFRC Drought Appeal has been fully funded. The IFRC was able to mobilize 33% of the budget. With support from Partner National Societies (PNS), 66% of the appeal funds were raised. Kenya Red Cross Society also raised additional funds through Corporate donors, the African Union and through the “Kenyans for Kenya Initiative.”
• Kenya Red Cross Society launched a National Drought Appeal on 14 January 2011 for CHF 28,343,156 for 6 months.
• An Emergency appeal for CHF 4,931,743 was launched by the IFRC EA Regional Representation on 23 March 2011 for 6 months to assist 855,000 beneficiaries. The appeal supplemented KRCS’ response to the drought.
• The Appeal was revised on 22 July 2011 to extend the duration to 12 months and the number of targeted beneficiaries to 1,000,000.
• On 4 October 2011, the appeal was revised again on 4 October 2011 to CHF 30,438,354 to address evident gaps by adding longer-term food security interventions and doubling school feeding programmes, including the addition of water trucking to schools.
• An 8 months operations update was published on 31 October 2012
This one year operations update attempts to present the complexities of both the drought and Kenya Red Cross Society’s response to it. Through support provided by IFRC, corporate partners and well wishers, the Society has been able to respond to the needs of the affected populations in the areas of emergency response (relief and water), Water and Sanitation as well as health interventions. Sustainable livelihood interventions in the worst affected areas of the country were included in the drought operation the appeal revision introduced in July 2011. This represented a shift from reactive emergency response to proactive disaster risk reduction interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of future droughts.