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ACT Alliance Appeal: Response to Drought Situation, Kenya, REVISION 2

ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Tue, 8 May 2012 15:50 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Response to Drought Situation - KEN111 (rev. 2)


Appeal Target:         US$ 5,826,660

Fund received:         US$ 3,515,029

Balance requested: US$ 2,311,631


Geneva, 7 May 2012

This second revision for of the appeal KEN111 replaces the previous version which was issued on 5 October 2011. The forum members have found it necessary to revise the appeal for the following reasons: to include revised activities by members that have been necessitated by the changes on the ground after the onset of rains, - the recommendations from the joint monitoring visit (JMV), thus make changes in both strategy and focus – while the same time addressing the changing community priorities.

For example: 1) NCA has revised its budget to focus more funds in recovery and rehabilitation of livelihoods. 2) LWF has revised the initial strategy of de-stocking that was relevant at the peak of the drought to now focus on restocking after onset of the rains. ELCK, initially an implementing partner of LWF has been removed from the appeal since up to date - no funding pledges have been realized towards supporting their component in the Appeal. 3) NCCK revised the relief food budget lines and scaled up the relief activities with additional areas of coverage to include Western Kenya region. 4) CWS has reorganised its budget with her partners to focus more resources in support of a Micronutrient program in Kinango and Mwingi Districts. The program, initially aiming to reach 3,000 malnourished children, is providing multi-micronutrient powder sachets as in-home fortification for children under age 5 to enhance quick recovery of malnourished children in the two Districts. Also ACK has adjusted its programme according to the changing situation and has lowered the budget. All the new changes are highlighted in blue letters.

The severity of the drought has eased with onset of rains in most parts of the country. However, the more than 3.2 million Kenyans[1] who have been living under humanitarian aid relief after four years of successive drought will still require continued recovery and rehabilitation support to give communities opportunity to rebuild their lost assets and be able to stand on their own . The communities living in the arid and semi-arid areas (ASAL) of the country were the most affected and will require humble time recover from the effects of the drought. The drought was largely due to the La Niña effect, a phenomenon that reduces moisture in the atmosphere when the surface of the Pacific Ocean cools. The months of October, November and December 2010 were unusually dry followed by a failure of the 2011 long rains expected in April and May making recovery difficult for the affected population. Last year (2011), According to the UN OCHA Eastern Africa’s drought analysis had been the lowest level of rainfall in 60 years.[2] The ASAL areas affected include northern, south eastern and coastal marginal agricultural areas.

Since August, 2011 - ACT Alliance members in Kenya have been working to provide drought-affected households with relief food, water and other life supporting services including livestock interventions targeting pastoralists. The interventions are aimed at providing targeted families with emergency safety nets and cushioning them from the adverse impact of the drought. ACT members are particularly targeting families with indentified vulnerable groups and those with children under the age of five years, with supplementary feeding. The appeal activities is also providing affected families with appropriate early-recovery opportunities such as restocking of herds, rehabilitation of low cost water structures; water bore holes, providing farmers with drought resistant crop varieties and other appropriate interventions to enable affected people to recover from the effects of the drought.

This appeal is targeting approximately 40,861 households. The total financial target for this appeal is US$ 6,190,604. US$ 3,186,634 has already been received or pledged and the amount requested is US$ 3,003,970 for a period one year starting from August 2011 to July 31st 2012.

ACT members with offices in Kenya are Anglican Church in Kenya (ACK), Christian Aid (CAid), Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), Church World Service (CWS), Diakonie Emergency (DKH), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Lutheran World Relief, National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK), Fin Church aid (FCA) Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Diakonia Sweden.

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