Work with communities to address the roots of conflict and empower them to champion peace, and support small-holder farmers and vulnerable communities to increase their resilience in the face of a changing climate. Strengthen market systems and empower youth to access new economic opportunities, engage with the private sector, and lead a vibrant civil society, becoming the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
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 2017 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.
All stories about Kenya
Kenya: No more trekking and a chance to go to school
I met Zeinab Abdikadir as she was watering her family’s goats with her father at a Mercy Corps water storage tank in Bilil Burbur. She caught my attention because, at just nine years old, she was completely focused on her work.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: The purple dots represent hope
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Horn of Africa disaster didn't happen overnight
Photos and stories from the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa — a region that includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia — have brought to light suffering on an almost unimaginable scale.
Kenya: Clean water for nearly 200,000 people in drought-parched Kenya
Over the last week, our emergency response team in northeastern Kenya has reached more than 9,700 more people with clean water. The total population to which we're delivering and ensuring water has risen to 197,749.
Kenya: Saadia Farah and her daughter Amina in Wajir County, Kenya
Eighteen-year-old Saadia Farah and her one-year-old daughter Amina, who are surviving the Horn of Africa's brutal famine with help from Mercy Corps.
Kenya: When the only asset you have left is hope
At only 18, Saadia Farah is one of the many thousands of mothers that Mercy Corps is helping survive the drought crisis in East Africa.
Kenya: Update: Water deliveries rise from 16 to 33 towns
Mercy Corps' emergency response team in northeastern Kenya is providing fresh, clean water to more than 186,000 people in 33 drought-stricken villages and towns.
Kenya: Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya
Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya, there was a huge stretch of land called Wajir. In the language of the people who lived there, that name itself meant ‘Once upon a time...’ Once upon a time, the land in Wajir was green, the rains came often and life was good.
Kenya: Stranded and struggling eight miles from water
These are the children of Qaraa. Covered in dust, thin and dazed, they are on the brink.
Kenya: Helping little Fatima collect water for her family
When I asked Fatima how old she was, she paused and looked away. Then she looked up, said ten and grinned. I got the distinct impression she’d picked a number at random.