Drought in Turkana Brings a New Resiliency

by Joan Ng’ang’a, ChildFund Kenya

Arid landscape

Drought and desperation.

Last year, Kenya’s Turkana region was the hub of disaster. The drought had bitten hard, as evidenced by the bare landscape, pocked with livestock carcasses and dried up vegetation. Families moved away from their homes in search of food, water and pasture for the livestock that remained.

child lying on ground

Displaced and hungry.

Children and women bore the brunt of the disaster as malnutrition, illnesses and death became common. This was not the first drought experienced in the area. But it was the worst in many, many years. A strong community was brought to its knees by disease, hunger and desperation.

Growing crops

A new beginning.

Women farmers

Hard work yields crops.

healthy girl

Healthy children.

To survive, many families began to embrace farming as an alternative to a nomadic pastoral lifestyle. With agricultural training and support from ChildFund, women are farming huge gardens that now stretch along River Turkwell. And they are producing enough maize, sorghum, beans and vegetables to feed their families. These gardens have attracted settlements of traditional pastoralists. Through the sale of crops such as sorghum, household incomes and food security are increasing. Children are growing healthy and strong.

women carrying man

Celebrating ChildFund's assistance.

Excitement ran high in the community when Jumbe Sebunya, ChildFund’s regional director for East and South Africa, recently visited the garden projects. As they carried Jumbe shoulder high, the women sang of their past struggles. They also sang of the great joy they now feel as a result of the hard work and the change they have embraced.

Dedicated to their children’s survival,these resilient women are saving a generation.

women celebrate in song

A song of hope.

One Response to Drought in Turkana Brings a New Resiliency

  • good work,what the communities need is just knowledge empowerment to use the available resources & bring about change in the society,lets embark them with this knowledge to save their lives and bring about food security.

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