The project will provide food and water for 250 families affected by the ongoing severe drought in Northern Kenya. A vast majority of the communities have lost the capacity to cope with the drought and are at a critical stage of disaster. The number of those affected doubling in just a month from 1.3M to 2.6M due loss of livestock, total crop failure, acute water shortage and food insecurity as a vast majority face starvation.
Kenya is faced with severe drought which has been declared a national disaster by the government. This led to a flash appeal by the UN and its partners. The Kenya Food Security Steering Group confirmed the number of those affected has actually doubled from 1.3M to 2.6M. Two consecutive rainfall failures and the effects are huge with regard to widespread crop failure, acute water shortage, Food Insecurityand 80% of the livestock perished. Exhausting peoples capacity to cope making them vulnerable
HODI is currently working with 152 villages in four sub counties of Marsabit. Provision of water was crucial and HODI supported some of the villages with the same. We are also appealing to the locals in other part of the country to support the affected families. There is a dire need to upscale existing programs in the most affected areas. While the need to provide food and water is urgent especially to those most affected to avoid human deaths.
HODI is a champion for building resilient communities and in the long term we are looking at increased capacities to cope/mitigate the effects of the drought. This will help reduced the vulnerability levels through interventions of kitchen gardens, large scale food productions using new technologies, rain water harvesting, enhanced food security and sustainable livelihood. Building the local communities capacity with strong structures and systems will reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience.