Turkana, the large county to the north of our centre of operations in Kitale, is a huge expanse of desert other than a large lake in the middle which is quite salty and full of minerals but a vital water source to those close to it. Those not on its shores, however, have to contend with ever decreasing rains and dried up rivers. The search for water to sustain people and livestock (mainly goats) for the traditionally nomadic Turkana people is becoming more and more difficult. Scarcity of food obviously is a major issue in addition to this. Years when the rains do not come have driven people south to Kitale in hopes of a better life. Kitale is in the middle of a facing community and we get regular rainfall. Yet just 4 hours drive to the north is the desert...
We have welcomed ever increasing influxes of people displaced by drought. We are always hopeful that, with throwing, with assistance from fellow charities drilling wells etc, we can enable some families to return home and to find other means of sustaining themselves. Many can return with this kind of help. Others do not feel inined to take the risk and we do what we can go help them to settle in our area and find jobs and housing, schools for their children and vocational training for their youth. This is not a problem that is going to end. Drought is no longer something that occurs every few years - this one has lasted several years. We are thankful for any help to enable families to stay together and find ways to support themselves.
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