Food Crisis Hits Horn of Africa

by Mercy Corps
May 9, 2012

Horn of Africa Update: Providing Water and More

Mercy Corps supplied water in Wajir County, Kenya
Mercy Corps supplied water in Wajir County, Kenya

Because of your donation and support, Mercy Corps has helped 1.6 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia survive the drought and food crisis. Now we are helping people recover from flooding and build resilience to  withstand future cycles of drought and famine.

In all areas, we are helping communities build back smarter so that they can better withstand these kinds of crises in the future. Our work isn’t just about providing emergency food and water in the short term. We’re helping pastoral
communities become more resistant to drought in the long term – helping them better capture, store and manage water, improving health and long-term care of livestock, supporting frail and damaged economic systems, and other vital, smart interventions.

Here are some water-specific efforts we have been able to do because of you:

Mercy Corps has distributed water, improved water storage capacity and improved access to water to help 284,140 people survive. We have installed 45 new large-capacity water tanks/reservoirs, restored 104 water storage ponds and 23 wells, developed 5 natural springs which are benefiting 12 different communities and expanded over-all water storage capacity in the most drought affected communities by over 175 million liters and we are continuing to maintain other water storage facilities to help communities benefit from the rains.

Mercy Corps delivered enough water to supply 290,664 people and their animals for three months and 10,000-liter water storage tanks to help 10 communities harvest rainwater. Mercy Corps is currently rehabilitating water points in 19 different villages. These include over 100 wells, 8 boreholes and 7 water pans. Once rehabilitated, these water points are expected to improve water access for over 53,000 individuals in these villages.


MOGADISHU: Mercy Corps has supplied 15,000 people with clean drinking water for five months. We constructed two water access points and installed water-piping systems from boreholes in one IDP camp, benefiting over 4500 people.

CENTRAL SOMALIA: We constructed 14 water access points and installed water-piping systems from boreholes in nine IDP communities benefitting a total of 19,800 individuals. 4 shallow wells constructed/rehabilitated for two communities benefitting 6000 individuals.

PUNTLAND: Mercy Corps has constructed five water points and supplied water to 17,640 individuals in IDP camps and neighboring districts. We distributed Water Vouchers to 3,780 people in five displacement camps to get daily water supply for three months.

Creating these changes would not have happened without you. Thank you.

Livestock accessing Mercy Corps supplied water
Livestock accessing Mercy Corps supplied water
Women taking water home in Kenya
Women taking water home in Kenya



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Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Carlene Deits
Portland, OR United States

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