2011 Horn of Africa food crisis
Kenya drought: CBM and partners distribute food
Today the CBM team has joined a food distribution exercise
with our partner SPARK in the eastern part of Kenya.
and in this particular area they have not received rain for three consecutive seasons
and because of that their subsistence farming has been wiped out.
They were expecting 300 families
and it looks like by the end of the
day that they will probably have received more.
Within this community we have also seen an unusually high
incidence of children with disabilities and people with disabilities accessing the food distribution
I'm thankful that we are able to be here
and to be part of this distribution
that the support we have been able to receive
is enabling this community to receive immediate food aid
but other communities around the country just like it, together with our implementing partners.
Combating the 2011 East Africa food crisis, CBM and partners are distributing food in Kenya, targeting children under five, vulnerable households and schools welcoming children with disabilities. Awareness sessions on nutrition and hygiene are being organised and plans for the coming months being made, including distribution of seeds and training to improve food production.
Children under five particularly at risk
Assessment missions had shown that the under fives in this area are very vulnerable, notably because children under school age do not benefit from government-sponsored school meals. Their parents had to walk for 15 kilometres to borrow food in a neighbouring location, leaving the children at home.
There are already reports of increasing numbers of children with stunted growth due to the present food crisis and the risk of long-term impairments caused by malnutrition is dramatically heightened for young children in the 0-5 age group. This group has therefore been determined as a priority target of CBM’s intervention.
Prevention through sensitisation
CBM’s support in terms of food distribution for the next three months also concerns St. Lucy’s School for visually impaired children and St. Oda’s School for hearing impaired children, as well as close to 1,700 vulnerable households. These households are each receiving monthly rations of cereals, pulse and oil.