Health and Water Foundation (HWF) is grateful for the support the GlobalGiving Foundation has granted aimed at assisting the families of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Ekerenyo D.O’s camp and Riatengeya Chiefs Camp in Nyamira district. These have enabled HWF to reach out to the affected IDPs in the camps and those from the host communities to address the challenges facing the internally displaced people in Nyamira district
Following the announcement of the election results on the 30th of December 2007, violence erupted countrywide between various communities resulting in loss of lives, injuries, looting, and destruction of property and displacement of thousands of people. Up to 500,000 people- mainly children and women-were displaced. Thousands of people were stranded without food, shelter, water, fuel and essential medicines. Most of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) sought shelter in police camps and churches. Rural poor families of Kisii and Nyamira districts, in Nyanza province have been badly affected by the post – election violence. People have lost their houses, productive assets, livestock, clothes, food reserves and have been rendered internally displaced people (IDPs). The signing of the peace agreement has heralded the return of the IDPs back to there home.
Health and Water Foundation (HWF) is spearheading the humanitarian emergency operations in kisii, Masaba and Nyamira districts. HWF is covering the major camps in the region the Ekerenyo camp and Riatengeya chiefs’ camps in Nyamira district, Kisii Cathedral in Kisii District and Keroka camp in Masaba District.
HWF received a donation of US$500 toward assisting the IDPs, the donation was used to undertake rapid assessment on the ground to appraise the needs of the IDPs and also the funds were used to support logistical work in assisting the IDPs.Through the GlobalGiving Funds which enabled us carry out assessment and logistical support HWF is fundraising for funds in UNICEF and United Nations Organization Coordination Humanitarian Assistance(UNOCHA) Flash Appeal in order to assist the IDPs in the camps and in early recovery to their normal livelihoods in the water and sanitation and settlement sectors. The monetary assistance helped HWF undertake transportation and distribution of food items and non food items.
There is an urgent need to reach out to the IDPs in the Riatengeya, Ekerenyo and Kisii Cathedral with family kits to alleviate the suffering in the camps. Health and Water Foundation (HWF) is requesting more assistance to help the IDPs in the long term recovery to sustainable livelihoods. HWF will also request assistance to supply safe drinking water to the IDPs in the camps and to improve the sanitation condition.
HWF is working ensure that the IDPs in the camps and host communities are assisted with their daily needs and early recovery. We extend thanks to Global Giving Foundation for the assistance you accorded the Kenyan people and kindly request Global Giving Foundation to avail any assistance to help the IDPs in short term and long term recovery.
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