The underlying causes of Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis remain. These include competition over land, deep poverty, widespread unemployment, youth alienation, and political manipulation of grievances. Millions of families are also still recovering from the region’s worst drought in 60 years, which began in 2011.
Work with youth to address the root of conflict and empower them to champion peace. Help families survive the drought and hunger crisis that hit the Horn of Africa, while building their ability to cope with future challenges.
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- Children & Youth: Connecting young people through new mobile technologies to pursue community development, new economic opportunities, and a peaceful political process
- Conflict & Governance: Strengthening local, district, and provincial structures to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation
- Emergency response: Providing clean water and access to food for drought-affected families
- Agriculture & Food: Helping affected populations rebuild their assets including livestock
- Population (2013 est.): 45 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 147 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2008
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Kenya: The plight of a “pastoralist drop-out” July 13, 2011
I’m a big fan of visiting markets, especially during Mercy Corps trips. It seems that even in the bleakest parts of the world, markets are vibrant, dynamic and often colorful places.
Kenya: Grandmother and granddaughter struggle against the drought July 12, 2011
Nimu Adan and her baby granddaughter in drought-stricken Garissa, Kenya. Their family herds goats, and many of them are sick and starving.
Kenya: Struggling to keep a goat alive July 12, 2011
I arrived in Garissa, Kenya — a city of at least 180,000 people not far from the border with Somalia — today after a long, hot drive from Nairobi. I’ll be in Garissa and areas to the north for the remainder of the week to see how this year’s drought has impacted families in the area.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Food crisis hits Horn of Africa July 6, 2011
Kenya: Tension and hope in Kenya December 20, 2010
Wounds heal slowly in Kenya and can easily be ripped open. That’s why last week’s public accusations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against six high-profile Kenyans — including the finance minister and a former police chief — were awaited with excitement and dread.
Kenya: Let the festivities begin! November 22, 2010
The other day on my Facebook wall, I wrote "Merry Christmas" and most of my friends told me that it was premature and way before time. But I differ with them. Reason: it’s the season of giving.
Kenya: Shaping the future November 11, 2010
In pursuit of a mentor or a role model, most people aren’t always fortunate enough to have someone who can serve as both.
Kenya: My introduction September 2, 2010
Born and raised in an extended family had its fair bit of fun and challenges that must be credited with having given me the experience to tolerate and understand other people.
Kenya: Coaching Kenya's young women July 8, 2010
Beatrice Chelimo noticed the slender woman on the sidelines, matching the movements of her footballers. She looked like she had all the right moves. Like any good coach, Beatrice asked her if she wanted to play.
Kenya: The hard work of peacebuilding April 22, 2010
“If you remember nothing else, remember our thanks.”