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Department: Humanitarian Assistance
Project Name: Drought Relief in North Eastern Kenya - Phase 1
Project Description:

Pastoralist communities living in Kenya have been severely affected by the deteriorating food security just like all the pastoralists in the horn of Africa region. The 2010/2011 Deyr and Gurains failed or performed poorly. The quality and quantity of pasture are extremely poor. Most livestock have either died or are in extremely poor condition. The poor rainfall has resulted in inadequate recharging of water sources and regeneration of pasture. Distances to water for both livestock and domestic use have increased and are well above average SPHERE standards. The food security situation is similarly precarious.

The phase 1 project will focus on:

  1. Establishment of water and sanitation infrastructure, water vouchering;
  2. hygiene promotion.

Drought Relief in North Eastern Kenya - Phase 1

Implementation Start Date: 2011/8/29
Implementation End Date: 2011/12/29
Source of Funding: TaiwanICDF, Mercy Corps
Project Objectives: Target communities have rehabilitated and functioning water supply systems, appropriate sanitation facilities, and increased health and hygiene knowledge.
Executing Agency: Mercy Corps
Implementation Arrangement: Sector 1: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Activity (1): Water Vouchers: Selected beneficiary households will be issued vouchers through which they can redeem a specified quantity of water in a given period from their usual water suppliers. Mercy Corps will provide technical assistance to existing water suppliers to ensure that they are adequately setting aside maintenance and parts replacement monies from the monies that they receive through the voucher program.
Activity (2): Fuel subsidies: Mercy Corps will provide fuel subsidies to 25 boreholes to cushion drought stricken communities and their livestock from the high cost of water. This will enable pastoralists and households to access water from such boreholes at a cheaper price. Mercy Corps will provide fuel to the Water Management Committees (WMC) in each of these boreholes, enough to support livestock and households depending on such water points.
Activity (3): Provision of gensets and other spare parts;
Activity (4): Rehabilitation or construction of water storage facilities;
Activity (5): Water user association training;
Activity (6): Water quality testing and chlorination.
Subsector1.2: Hygiene Promotion
Activity (1): Hygiene promotion trainings and campaigns conducted
Project Contact: Mini Kao
Signing Date: 2011/9/13
Projected Benefits: Kenyan victims of the 2011 drought
Cooperating Stakeholders: Mercy Corps
Sector: Social Infrastructure and Services
Sector Item: Water Supply and Sanitation
Cooperating Country: Kenya
Cooperating Organization: Mercy Corps
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date Updated:2012/7/20