Across East Africa, a wide range of factors, including armed conflict, extended droughts, economic shocks, and rising food prices, pose an ongoing threat to food security for people in the region over the coming months.
Since our Africa Drought and Famine Fund was launched in 2017, our vetted nonprofit partners working in East Africa have been assisting communities at risk of famine improve the resiliency of their food production systems. Thanks to generous support from donors like you, our partners have reported significant recent progress in combating food insecurity in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan:
Horn of Africa Development Initiative is currently working with 152 villages in Marsabit County in northern Kenya, where they are improving food security through direct cash transfers to families struggling to meet their food needs. They're also supplying families with rainwater collection tanks, a vital source of drinking water when access to safe sources can be scarce.
In southeastern Kenya, Makindu Children's Program is distributing 187 pregnant Galla goats to households in Makueni County. The goats—indigenous to Kenya and renowned for their high milk production in arid climates—will provide families not only with the nutrition from the milk but also the opportunity to earn additional income by selling their extra milk. They're also organizing an educational workshop on animal husbandry in coordination with the Kenyan government so that the households receiving the goats are well-prepared to successfully raise the animals.
Kids for Kids has expanded their work in Sudan, where they will now be partnering with eight new villages in remote areas of Darfur. Facing the challenge of a failed harvest last year, Kids for Kids is working with these communities to identify the families in greatest need of assistance. They are also continuing their goat loan program and have distributed hand pumps to villages struggling with access to safe drinking water.
Seed Programs International focuses on vegetable gardening as a strategy to boost nutrition, income, and local leadership in East Africa, and sees gardens as key to building communities' resilience to future food crises. To that end, they've partnered with Grow East Africa to support a vegetable gardening project led by a woman's group from a camp for internally displaced people in Ethiopia's Burji District. Their partner has also helped the group become a government-licensed cooperative, which presents more opportunities for growth and improved livelihoods.
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