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: 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.
Kenya: Providing clean water to 16 drought-affected Kenyan villages
Kenya: Solitary herder outside Hadado, Kenya
A traditional herder stands on the withered landscape outside the drought-stricken town of Hadado, Kenya.
Kenya: Checking in on our team in northeastern Kenya
Kenya: Water delivery to five drought-parched Kenyan villages
Kenya: Quick thoughts from our emergency team leader in Kenya
Our emergency response teams across the Horn of Africa — in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya — are working hard, long hours every day to assess needs and speed relief to hungry and struggling families. Often, our staff is traveling in remote areas, out of the range of any communications at all.
Kenya: Lifesaving relief for families in northeastern Kenya
“People here are falling down in masses ... it will be too late to do anything if we don't act now,” our emergency response leader in northeastern Kenya just told me on a phone call.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Situation worsens in the Horn of Africa, our response increases
Today, the United Nations officially declared a famine in parts of Somalia. What does this alarming news mean? Technically, it refers to conditions that include 30 percent acute malnutrition among the population of a specific place.
Kenya: Chronicles of a "drought widow"
One of the saddest things about the current drought in the Horn of Africa is that it’s destroying families. Men go off with livestock to find water — often traveling hundreds of miles for months at a time — or they drop out of pastoral life and flow into towns to look for odd jobs.