Emergency Drought Appeal Kenya

Emergency Drought Appeal Kenya

As devastating and extreme drought persists in Kenya, 3.5 million people are facing extreme hunger as a result of food insecurity. Approximately 775,000 children under the age of 5 are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2022. By September, an estimated 5 million people in Kenya will need humanitarian food aid. Our immediate focus is to help protect children by ensuring there is food and water in schools, but we need your help. We’re doing all we can to protect children and families on the frontline of climate change. The situation is worsening, particularly in Turkana and we urgently need to reach more schools and more children.

If you can, please donate here now.

  • In September 2021, the Kenyan Government declared a national emergency in the wake of the disaster, which has dried up water sources, killed livestock and destroyed food crops across the country.
  • Drought, which previously occurred every 10-15 years now occurs almost annually in Kenya, decimating the livelihoods of already vulnerable communities.
  • The Arid and Semi-Arid regions in Kenya are currently experiencing a fourth consecutive failed rain season and the forecast shows no improvement.
  • As droughts become more frequent in Kenya due to climate change, the poorest and most food insecure areas are being hit hardest, among them our target communities in Turkana and Kajiado.
  • Turkana is among nine counties that have the highest numbers of people facing high acute food insecurity.
  • With pastoralists having to walk longer distances, up to 30km, in search of water, food and forage for their livestock, tensions among communities have risen and an increase in inter-communal conflict has been reported.
  • Women and girls are disproportionately affected by drought as they care for others and search for water. The likelihood that women and girls will be subjected to sexual and gender-based violence increases during times of drought as the burden of water collection falls on them.
  • Lockdown poverty and prolonged drought has forced many families to marry off under-age daughters to ease expenses and there has been a considerable increase in the number of girls undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as communities return to harmful traditional norms.

According to our Programme Manager:

“There is no water! Women and girls who had to walk 5-6 km for water are now walking much longer distances. There are no goats and the price of food staples such as beans and maize has doubled!”

Child in Turkana, photo credit Girl Child Network

What Aidlink is doing?

Our immediate focus is to help protect children by ensuring there is food and water in schools. Aidlink partners are on the ground providing life-saving food to thousands of malnourished children

We are:

– Delivering food to targeted primary schools in Turkana and Kajiado

– Installing water tanks and hand washing facilities

Your donation can make a significant impact:

€20 can feed a child for one term

€1,500 can feed one school for one month

€4,500 can feed one school for one term

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Women walking to collect water, Turkana, photo credit Girl Child Network

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