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: 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.
Kenya: Let the festivities begin!
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
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
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
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
“If you remember nothing else, remember our thanks.”
Kenya: Reconciliation after violence
The Mercy Corps program in Kenya is all about reconciliation after the period of violence in late 2007 and early 2008.
Kenya: About to visit overseas programs for the first time
I am writing this blog entry from a small village in Kenya called Bondo.
Kenya: Political speeches and friendly tug-o-war highlight Peace Day in Kenya