Kenyan drought updates
Below average rainfall has caused a drought in Kenya. On Friday 10 February 2017 the Government of Kenya declared the current drought a national disaster.
Drought is affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas. It is expected to last until July 2017.
Rivers and dams have dried up, and families are taking their donkeys three times further than normal to collect water for the whole community.
In the areas where we work, almost 14,000 donkeys are in dire need of food and water. Some must struggle without water for three days at a time.
Brooke has stepped in, and with help from our supporters, will save almost 14,000 vulnerable donkeys between 1 March and 15 April. Our East Africa office will work with local partners, Agency for Pastoralists Development (APaD) Farm Systems Kenya (FSK) and Kenya Veterinary Associations (KVA), to provide 13,100 donkeys with water, and 800 with hay. We will also be treating donkeys for providing vaccinations and other emergency treatments.
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We are excited to announce that we have beaten our £23,600 target to help reach almost 14,000 donkeys in dire need of water and food.
Thanks to our generous supporters work has already begun in delivering the much needed emergency response.
Tens of thousands of litres of water have been delivered to communities in greatest need, hundreds of litres of fuel have been supplied to boreholes allowing donkeys to quench their thirst and feed is being distributed to owners.
This photo shows Brooke East Africa animal welfare officer James Kithuka arriving at Nanam Village in Turkana County. The village relies upon one deep borehole, which had received no fuel for three days. These donkeys had been gathered at this water point for days waiting for water.
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A water point in Nakuru county where there are sunken boreholes that pump water to the tanks. Thanks to our supporters' donations, Brooke is providing fuel to power to pumps like these that provide vital water to donkey owners.
Esther, a member of the Nosim women group, receiving 60 litres of fuel on behalf of the community at the Olelara borehole, Kajiado County. Fuel will be supplied to seven boreholes allowing thousands of donkeys and hundreds of households access to water. Esther said: “May God bless the work of your hands."
A sick and dehydrated donkey receiving medical treatment from Brooke partners Agency for Pastoralists Development (APaD) vet Dr. Alice Wambui. Brooke is helping provide vital vaccinations and treatment for drought-related diseases.
A donkey owner setting aside water at a borehole in Katakala, Narok to allow his animals to quench their thirst. Brooke and their partners Farming Systems Kenya (FSK) have been raising awareness amongst owners of the need to allow donkeys, as well as other livestock, access to water.
A dehydrated and malnourished donkey, who had not had access to water for three days, finally being able to drink. Albert Ngikadelio, a Chief in the Naipa area, said: "The water has come at the right time. Thank you for remembering us and our donkeys”.
APAD director Sam Kimel (wearing green) handing over water troughs to a community group in Nanam. The water troughs will be used to provide dehydrated donkeys with vital water in the Nanam area.
My donkeys can now access water and have time to rest, I used to wake up at 5am to go for 15km to look for water with my donkey. When I got back I was tired and my donkey was also tired...God bless you.
An area in Katakala that was used by donkeys and other livestock for grazing and watering is now dried up, and any remaining water has turned to mud, so unsuitable for people or animals.