LWF Kenya/Sudan Programme Monthly Report Feb 2002

Report
from Lutheran World Federation
Published on 28 Feb 2002
General Situation
Following Drs. John Garang and Riek Machar peace agreement between SPLM/A and SPDF on 6th January 2002 in Nairobi, there has been increased movement of Nuer businessmen into Bahr El Ghazal region particularly into Yirol County. There is a general feeling of trust and peace in the county.

The effects of the dry season, such as acute water shortage, vulnerability to food, high temperatures (40C) dust storms and migration to the vast marshy grazing lands along the River settlement are evident in the region.

Reported intra-clan clashes between the Dinka and displacement in Maper area - Rumbek. The GoS killed 17 people during a WFP food distribution in Upper Nile, using helicopter gunship.

In Kenya, it was reported that 300m Ksh in Danish Aid would be lost, representing a 30% cut in official aid to Kenya from Denmark.

Programme Activities

Sudan

Leadership skills training was decentralized and conducted at the payam level to enable more leaders to participate. Three half-day workshops were conducted in Ngop, Aluakluak and Abang Payams.

Leadership course content was revised to focus on supervisory skills to suit the needs of departmental heads in Yirol and will be conducted in March.

The training on Local capacities for Peace project was defered to a later date, however discussions on peace building activities and peace dialogues with community leaders are ongoing.

Staff participated in the NGO coordination meeting and joint community mobilization for the repair and maintenance of the Yirol - Rumbek road. LWF/DWS contributed construction tools (hoes, pickaxes, and water jerry cans) and logistical support to the project.

Dialogue was maintained between the project and the county leadership.

Turkana

Food distribution for January allocation started on 21st February and was completed by end of the month.

The Food Aid Committee - Turkana (FACT) and the District Steering Group (DSG) implemented the recommendation by Kenya Food Security Meeting (KFSM) to reduce EMOP beneficiaries by March. The reduction has affected about 19,000 (29%) of LWF/DWS peri-urban beneficiaries, reducing the total numbers from ~ 66,000 persons to ~ 47,000. They will not now receive relief rations from March but it was recommended that the children under 5 years and the pregnant/lactating mothers should continue to receive supplementary rations. This implies that implementation of EMOP 2002 will require extra funding apart from the ITSH reimbursement from World Vision/WFP, since the metric tonnage of food will be reduced to around 500MT per month (and payment of ITSH is related to MT of food only, and not distances and staffing required)

The planned tripartite LWF/DWS, UNICEF KCO and AMREF nutrition survey, training and fieldwork started on February 18th. Fieldwork is expected to end on March 4th. The survey is being carried out at the same time as food distribution.

A preliminary water pan site assessment was conducted by experts from the District Water Office (GoK) in Lodwar. The site appears to be suitable for a water pan, however actual topographical and hydrogeological surveys are still to be arranged. These will ascertain the feasibility of the proposed water pan and borehole. The successful candidate for the Water Technician (WT) position has not been appointed pending funding for the Oropoi Water project, and positive results from the technical surveys. This project proposal has also been submitted to the OCHA CAP Appeal and is due to be released to donors in early March.

Hot and dry weather conditions accompanied with dusty easterly winds typical of the dry season (Dec-March) prevailed during February. The household food security situation was extremely constrained due to delayed January food distribution.

Kakuma

A 3 day Strategic Planning meeting led by UNHCR in Nairobi (13-15 Feb.) was attended by 5 LWF programme and project level staff. A full report is now out.

Following the press release by WFP on 21st Feb.'02 there has been some response to the food crisis situation in Kakuma. According to the WFP Representative & Country Director, Tesema Negash, whom I met in Kakuma (27th Feb.'02), verbal approval has been granted for the shipment of 13,000MT of US Govt. food, plus a substantial cash contribution from Japan. This will allow immediate loaning of foodstocks within the country for onward transportation to Kakuma. Purchase of 120 MT of CSB is also confirmed. There will be equivalent of 6-7 months supply of food. However the kilocalorie increase will be minimal. That will continue at the rate of around 1300Kcal per person per day (as it has been for several months), and is still of concern to both agencies and refugees in Kakuma.

A nutrition survey within the camp is tentatively planned for April/May 2002.

A visit was conducted by Greg Thome, Refugee Programme Officer, BPRM, Washington to the camp from 19th - 21st Feb. He was able to visit both LWF/DWS and IRC activities. Individual meetings with Greg and his colleague James McAnulty from the Refugee Coordination Unit in the US Embassy in Nairobi were held in LWF/DWS Nairobi office before his trip to Kakuma and allowed for more in depth discussions on our future direction and collaboration with LWR/BPRM. A joint meeting with partners was held after his return from Kakuma. We also appreciate the early and timely signing of the agreement with LWR & BPRM this year (Feb as compared with July in 2001).

In late February it was agreed by all parties that water (well above the WHO fluoride levels) from a new borehole would begin pumping to the camp, instead of continued use of shallow hand dug well water from river Tarach, which has faecal bacteria contamination.

4 day Planning workshop facilitated by Programme Coordinator and Desk Officer for Kakuma was conducted from 25th - 28th Feb, in Kakuma - to expose staff to PMD, SoN & AMR - and feedback/link into the Strategic Plan (PSO). Some 40 participants from Kakuma and Turkana participated.

Administration

The 2001 Annual Report has been finalised should be printed by the 10th March in time to distribute copies at the upcoming Regional Meeting in Kampala.

6 year report for DWS Geneva submitted on 7th Feb.'02 (photos sent on 25th Feb.'02)

SoN (revised with details) for 2003-2005 sent to Desk Office, Geneva on 6th Feb.'02

Visitors to the Programme

James McAnulty (18th Feb) and Greg Thome (18th - 21st Feb) of BPRM (Nairobi & Washington respectively) - see report above.

Personnel

Graham Davison completed 4 week course in the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) in Geneva and returned to Kakuma on 26th Feb.