Several seasons of failed rains from 2020 to 2022 have led to crop failures, drought and a major food crisis in Kenya. By August 2022, 3.5 million people were facing devastating hunger (IPC Level 3 or above). People with disabilities are among those hardest hit during Kenya’s worst drought in 40 years. CBM is partnering with the Kenya Red Cross to provide emergency relief to the most vulnerable families, especially those with disabilities, to help them survive this crisis.
Since April 2022 we have been working with Kenya Red Cross to:
- Deliver urgent support to people with disabilities and their families, and other vulnerable households, to access food, water, medication and other essentials.
- Provide assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or hearing aids, to give people with disabilities greater mobility and independence.
- Work with others delivering emergency response in these areas – e.g. government and mainstream humanitarian organisations – providing training and support to make their services accessible to people with disabilities.
- Work closely with local organisations of people with disabilities supporting them to be actively involved in delivering humanitarian response, as those with the best understanding of their local communities and their needs.
From April 2022, our work focused on Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties, providing urgent support to around 3,000 households. In November 2022 our work was extended to include a further 4,018 households in Turkana County.
In this video, Kevin Sudi, our Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Kenya, describes the life threatening situation and CBM’s response:
Watch Simon Waitaka, CBM UK Trustee based in Kenya, explain the impact of the devastating drought that is affecting his country:
Visit our series of blogs in which people with disabilities talk about the impact of this humanitarian crisis on their lives:Back