This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some CHF 29,686,126 (increased from CHF 25,062,572) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 1,373,294 people (an increase from 1,033,300 people), with a focus on the following sectors: Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Nutrition and Food Security.
It also reflects a substantial increase in the target population, number of activities, an enlarged geographic scope and timeframe for implementation. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available now of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments. Details are available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)
The disaster and the response to date
The Kenya Drought Emergency Appeal launched in November 2016 seeking 3.8 million Swiss Francs to support 114,620 beneficiaries across 19 counties. The appeal was launched due to the effects of poor performance of the long rains in March-May 2016t The 1st revision of the appeal came as a result of the progressive increase in the number of people who required emergency humanitarian support, an increase to 2.7 million spread across 23 counties, reported in the Short Rains Assessment (SRA) report published in February 2017.
The Government of Kenya declared the ongoing drought as a national disaster, on the 10th February 2017. As a result of increased scope of the drought, the 1st revision of the appeal sought 9.1 million Swiss Francs to enable KRCS to support to 340,786 beneficiaries in 13 counties.
In July 2017, the Long Rains Assessment Report indicated an increase of population requiring humanitarian assistance from 2.7 million to 3 million people. This triggered the 2nd revision of the Kenya Drought Emergency Appeal 25,062,572 million Swiss Francs to enable KRCS to support 1,033,300 beneficiaries in 14 counties.
In January 2018, The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) reported persistence of drought conditions in 10 counties (out of the 23 counties affected in 2017). Six (6) of these counties remain in the alarm phase (equivalent to IPC Phase 3) while four (4) are in Alert Phase (equivalent to IPC Phase 2). KRCS is seeking to revise the Kenya Drought Emergency Appeal to extend support to affected communities in these counties, additional to the counties that have been part of the 2017 drought support., therefore KRCS will expand its operation to 15 counties and 1,373,294 people to be assisted.