A Humanitarian Response to Drought Ravaged Communities in Northern Kenya: Adopting Mobile Technology

Over 3.5 million people are facing severe hunger in Kenya. To access the communities affected by drought and unreachable due to safety concerns and poor road infrastructure, CARE International in Kenya adopted an existing fintech platform to disburse cash transfers. Mobile Cash transfers via money platforms are an easy and sustainable method of supporting individuals during a humanitarian crisis such as what is being experienced in Northern Kenya,” says Maureen Miruka, CARE Kenya Country Director.

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Child Malnutrition Levels Spike as Drought Worsens in Somalia

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The number of acutely malnourished children admitted to CARE-supported health facilities has increased by 60 per cent in the first four months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Health facilities admitted 3,501 children with severe malnutrition so far compared to 2,155 admitted during the same period in 2021.

CARE is concerned by the number of children who are showing up at health facilities emaciated with the current drought leaving families not knowing where their next meal will come from.

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Over 400,000 children risk dropping out of school due to drought in Somalia

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As the drought ravages Somalia, 420,000 children are at risk of dropping out of school as livelihoods are completely wiped out and the students are drawn into the daily struggle of getting food. Of those children, 189,000 are girls who face the risk of retrogressive practices such as early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. The 231,000 boys risk recruitment into dangerous and illegal activities further jeopardizing not only their lives but also the security situation of the nation.

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Hope grown: Seeds and tools help farmers in Mozambique

Village close to Funhalouro district, in the southeast of Mozambique. CARE is distributing drought-resistant seeds, which include sorghum, cowpea, ground nuts, pineapple seedlings, maize and millet, including tools such as a hoe, an axe and a machete to more than 47,000 small scale farmers.

Every day, farmers in Mozambique—many of them women—are faced with the challenges of the country´s extreme weather. With a bit of rain and some drought resistant seeds and tools from CARE, people are better able to cope with the extreme climate.

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Finding a garden in the desert

By Kadry Furany, CARE Canada’s Vice President, International Operations and Programs The sweltering heat, the oppressive desert sun beating down, the thickness in the air, the endless desert in the horizon, along with the warm welcoming of our field staff and the kindness of the host communities, is what I was greeted by when I…

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