Mercy Corps has worked in Kenya since 2008. The underlying causes of Kenya's 2007 post-election crisis remain. These include competition over land, deep poverty, widespread unemployment, youth alienation, and political tension. Millions of families are still recovering from the region's worst drought in 60 years, which began in 2011.
Another drought in 2016 has intensified the situation, leading to food shortages and livestock deaths. According to the U.N., the drought is worse than the 2010-11 drought because of consecutive droughts and a low rainfall forecast for the next few months. Further humanitarian assistance is needed in 2018 to address food insecurity.
- Children & Youth: Supporting young people to become peaceful, productive members of their communities through civil society engagement, connecting them with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, and helping them to build life skills.
- Conflict & Governance: Strengthening local, district, and provincial structures to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation.
- Disaster preparedness: Building resilience in the face of drought, flooding and other shocks and stresses in areas vulnerable to climate change by enhancing community capacity to adapt, recover and manage existing natural resources.
- Agriculture & Food: Supporting sustainable livelihoods and empowering small holder farmers with access to information, technology and markets to help them improve their productivity and food security.
Kenya: 2.5 million bits of hope in northeast Kenya
Things are not getting better in the Horn of Africa. In the nearly three months since I visited the region, the landscape has gotten drier, and people and animals have become more desperate for water and food.
Kenya: Seeking shelter from the rains
Goats and people take shelter from much-anticipated rains in northeastern Kenya.
Kenya: Cash grant, food provide relief to family
I met Sangaba Abdi Gullet at Barmil during our cash distribution activities. She looked more distressed than the rest of the beneficiaries. From her face, we could tell she’d been through very tough times.
Kenya: Drought pushing food prices up
Here's an example of how prices have skyrocketed in Kenya because of the drought. The conversion rate is simple: 100 Kenyan shilling equals a dollar.
Kenya: ‘Asante Mercy Corps!’
In the town of Lag Bogol and the surrounding villages of Leheley, Boji Yareh and Boji Eyrib, we meet dozens of pastoralist “dropouts” — herders who have no more herds, and therefore are forced to “dropout” of their ancient way of life.
Kenya: 'Our camels are so weak, we have to help them stand up'
Chief Saladi Ibrahim shakes my hand and manages a smile. As we sit down in the hut, he pauses to gather his thoughts. He is clearly troubled. He’s been chief for 17 years, and his village of Dela, like the rest of Wajir County, is in a terrible time.
Kenya: Pressing for time
All day long, as the heat swelled to a punishing bake, gray clouds teased a promise of rain. But no rain came. In Wajir town and the surrounding scrub the landscape is parched: red sand, broken branches, piles of white rocks.
Kenya: Death and drought
Today the Mercy Corps Emergency Response Team headed to El-Adow in northeast Kenya, to begin our work to give cash grants to those hardest hit by the drought. As we approached the small town, the carcasses of dead livestock lay scattered all across the dust, as far as the horizon.
Kenya: A little cash changes lives in Qaraa
Halima Abdi Noor has not seen her husband for the last three months. He has gone with the few animals the family has left towards the Kenyan-Ethiopian border, in search of food and water for them.
Kenya: A stimulus plan for Wajir
In Wajir West and Wajir South, many of the people make their living as pastoralists. This means that men and boys often travel with the animals to look for water and grazing land for the herd.