United Church of Christ

Helping Kenyans survive, rebuild after devastating floods

Picture1.jpgSevere spring floods in Kenya displaced more than 311,000 people, killing 132 and injuring 23, according to Kenya’s National Disaster Management Agency. More than 6,000 livestock were killed, and flood waters submerged more than 9,500 acres of farmland during planting season. Houses, health centers, schools and roads have been damaged or destroyed.

Church World Service has been selected to lead the ACT Alliance response to the flooding in Tana River Sub County, where floods destroyed about $860,000 worth of crops, sending the price of food items sky high and forcing more than half of flood-displaced people to survive on one meal a day.

UCC Disaster Ministries is a partner in the CWS response, providing $40,000 to date to fund water tanks, portable latrines, hygiene, sanitation, food and other supplies for seven camps in the county.

Over the coming year, the response will focus on serving 910 households, or nearly 7,300 people, as they rebuild their homes and livelihoods and return from the camps.

Specifically, the response will be:

  • Providing materials like mosquito nets and kitchen supplies to the 910 households;
  • Making sure that people in the camps have water and sanitation facilities;
  • Rebuilding 910 houses (including providing iron sheets, nails and lumber and hiring construction teams);
  • Working with communities to repair 10 schools and providing desks, chairs and books;
  • Helping all 910 households start growing nutritious vegetables that can be harvested soon;
  • Starting and/or strengthening Village Savings and Loans Associations to help people get back on their feet; and
  • Trauma healing training for village and faith leaders.

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