Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
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(c) MADRE

In the town of Naramam in West Pokot, Kenya, climate change is wreaking havoc on the lives of women farmers who depend on the land for food, income and survival. The rainy seasons are getting shorter and shorter, and access to much-needed water for drinking and for crops is scarce.

But with your help, women farmers are learning adaptation strategies to combat the impacts of climate change and to secure their families' survival. For example, MADRE and our local partners train Indigenous women to harvest rainwater to last through droughts. And great news! Just two weeks ago, we delivered four new rainwater harvesting tanks for women farmers in Naramam—thanks to your support!

Here are some photos of the women with their new water tanks.

Thank you so much for your support of this vital project! With your support, women and girls can spend less time hauling water from distant, dwindling streams. And families will have enough daily water to drink and to nourish their crops.

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Tree planting (c) IIN
Tree planting (c) IIN

Thanks to your support, MADRE continues to help Indigenous women farmers in Kenya adapt to climate change. Where we work in Kenya, women face persistent drought that threatens their families' survival. But with you by our side, we're bringing tools and training that help women combat the impacts of climate change and raise healthy families.

For example, MADRE and the Indigenous Information Network, our on-the-ground partners, just delivered 30 clean water storage tanks to farming communities in the Transmara region of Kenya. With these clean water tanks, women farmers will be able to store clean drinking water for their families through drought.

What's more, we also delivered over 30,000 seedlings to women farmers there. With these seedlings, women will plant tree nurseries. When you help a woman plant a tree, you help combat deforestation and protect local water sources from erosion and contamination.

Here's a photo of a recent tree planting session.

Thank you so much for your support of this vital project! With your help, Indigenous women farmers in Kenya are learning how to combat climate change to ensure their families' survival.

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MADRE partners at UN climate summit
MADRE partners at UN climate summit

Thank you so much for your support of the Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change project. With you by our side, we bring clean water and share strategies to help women farmers battle frequent and severe drought.

But that’s not all your support helps to achieve. With your help, we give local women leaders the skills to advocate for better climate policies, and we bring their important voices to international climate talks.

Just last month, your support helped bring three of our Indigenous Kenyan partners to an international climate summit organized by the United Nations.

Here, our partners called for the inclusion of Indigenous women’s solutions in climate change policies. Here is some of what they said:

Where I come from, we have big problems to get clean drinking water - which is also related to climate change. My organization supports the women of the Indigenous communities, and teaches them to collect rainwater on the roofs of their houses, and gather for dry periods in collecting containers. In addition, we plant trees for our firewood, so that women no longer have to walk for kilometers to collect wood. I am for the first time on a UN climate summit. For me and other representatives of Indigenous communities, it is important that you take our concerns seriously. Together, we have a much stronger voice and can reach policy-makers who often don’t listen to us in our own countries. There we are hardly noticed in what we do, and receive no financial support for our projects. But here, we can be heard. Women play the most important role in our communities; they need empowerment, they carry everything. – Margaret 

Many Indigenous communities in Kenya are able to detect the levels of climate change on their lives. We help them to develop adaptation plans and to express their concerns to the government and be heard. We want the government to actually understand what is at stake. – Edna

Putting women’s expertise at the center of climate negotiations is a vital step to create climate policies that will protect us all.

Thank you for making this work possible!

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Lucy, leader of MADRE's partner group IIN
Lucy, leader of MADRE's partner group IIN

As a girl, Lucy knew she wasn't supposed to play on the banks of the rushing Ngoboro River. If she wasn't careful, she could fall in and be swept away. Today, a relentless drought has reduced that river to a trickle, and families struggle to get the water they need.

What's more, people get sick from diseases spread from sharing their scarce water supplies with their livestock. So through her organization, the Indigenous Information Network, and with MADRE's help, Lucy took a simple, effective action to create separate water sources for humans and for animals.

Watch this video to learn more!

These new water sources, protected against disease and dirt, mean that women and their families can rely on having clean, safe water. Thank you for supporting this project! Your gifts helps us maintain and protect these vital water supplies.

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Women receive water storage tanks
Women receive water storage tanks

Food scarcity, medicinal plants withering away, animals dying, a lack of rain to nourish crops. These are just a few of the threats Indigenous women farmers in Kenya told us about, as they face relentless drought caused by climate change on a daily basis.

In rural Kenya where these women are from, these threats continue to wreak havoc on Indigenous families and communities. They struggle to survive. But thanks to your support, we’re giving these women farmers the tools and training they need to adapt and survive. Here’s a recent example of what you help make possible.

Just last month, our on-the-ground partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) led a series of water protection and sanitation trainings for more than 100 women from Narok and West Pokot counties, two communities greatly impacted by drought.

With your support, the women at the training sessions learned important strategies to combat drought. Some of the tools they learned include how to plant trees as a natural protection for local water sources, how to harvest and store rainwater, how to decontaminate water so it's safe for drinking, and more. What’s more, your support delivered 30 water storage tanks to women who participated in the trainings to bring back their communities!

Here are some photos from the trainings and water tank distribution!

Thank you so much for making this possible. With your support, women farmers in Kenya are learning to combat climate change and to ensure their families’ survival.

 

All photo credits (c) Indigenous Information Network

Training with women farmers in West Pokot, Kenya
Training with women farmers in West Pokot, Kenya
Water storage tank distribution
Water storage tank distribution
Women plant tree nursery to protect water sources
Women plant tree nursery to protect water sources
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