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: 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.
Kenya: Ten-year-old Hindiya Roble outside of Hadado, Kenya
Hindiya Roble, 10, and her family have been walking for 17 days in search of water.
Kenya: Walking for 17 days
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia: Not just hunger, but fear
Nearly everyone in the world experiences hunger at some point during their day. That said, it's different for all of us.
Kenya: Chatting with the richest man in town
Today the Mercy Corps team visited Elwak, a small town in the northeast corner of Kenya that lies only about eight kilometers from Somalia. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to the poorest of the poor about how their lives are impacted by the drought that’s plaguing this region.
Kenya: Animal market in Garissa, Kenya
A buyer checks out the merchandise at Garissa Livestock Market.
Kenya: The plight of a “pastoralist drop-out”
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: Struggling to keep a goat alive
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
Kenya: Tension and hope in Kenya
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.