Hygiene awareness for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |22 May 2014|

Caritas confederation member organisations funded a project aimed to improve sanitation and hygiene in Kambioos camp
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    Caritas Kenya prays for the fate of the Westgate Mall hostages

Caritas Kenya prays for the fate of the Westgate Mall hostages

By |24 September 2013|

The Catholic Church has urged Kenyans to give donations to help victims and their families through this difficult and trying moments. Caritas Kenya responded immediately by donating 1,000 blood bags, 10,000 gloves, soft drinks, glucose and crates of bread to assist many Kenyans who responded to the call to donate blood at Uhuru Park.

Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |8 August 2013|

Caritas Internationalis has launched two appeals for Somali refugees living near Dadaab in Kenya since 2011. In Kambioos, Caritas works through its American member CRS to provide training on hygiene and better sanitation.

Caritas prepared for possible election violence in Kenya

By |1 March 2013|

Caritas in Kenya has laid the groundwork to respond in the event that violence erupts during presidential elections next week.
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    For Somali refugees, handwashing lessons from a surprising teacher

For Somali refugees, handwashing lessons from a surprising teacher

By |17 August 2012|

In a refugee camp in northern Kenya, someone is teaching people how to wash their hands properly. The demonstrator lathers the soap, pours water, and rubs her hands together in a circular motion.

East Africa, one year later

By |9 August 2012|

The situation in 2011 was very critical. Thanks to the Caritas member organisations who supported us, our programmes have saved lives. Supplementary food has been distributed for some malnourished children in some pocket areas through Catholic health institutions and this contributed to save lives of this children.

Caritas aids Somali refugee women in Kenya

By |16 May 2012|

In summer 2011, when famine and violence were engulfing her country, Fadumo “Mama” Sharif Mohamed left Somalia with her husband and ten children. On their eight-day trek to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, militia attacked them and they lost the family’s food. Her children, like thousands of others, suffered from malnutrition. But she and her family made it to the refugee camp and were put in a section called Kambioos, where Catholic Relief Services (a Caritas member based in the USA) is working to build and improve water systems. Fadumo became a leader as she settled into camp life. She was the founding member of the MIDNIMO women’s group, which began with 25 people and today has 183 members. The group does basket weaving, woodcarving, and henna decorating, and also bakes traditional bread. Due to strong management, the women’s group is able to successfully earn money by selling their […]

Radio interview: Kenya food crisis

By |20 January 2012|

While Caritas and other aid agencies have helped millions of East Africans through the worst of the region’s food crisis, more remains to be done. Susan Hodges of Vatican Radio interviews Caritas’ Laura Sheahen about her visit to Caritas projects in Kenya--and about the ongoing impact of the 2011 drought. Listen to the interview
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    In drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Caritas brings water to the thirsty

In drought-stricken Horn of Africa, Caritas brings water to the thirsty

By |15 December 2011|

In southern Kenya, wide riverbeds turned sandy and brown. Women used gourd shells to dig further and further down in the riverbeds, hoping to capture a few scoops of water.

‘You heard our cries’: hunger in East Africa

By |15 December 2011|

Whenever there’s a way to farm, Caritas helps people help themselves. Irrigation projects Caritas developed in the 1990s and early 2000s saved many people during the 2011 drought. But with no rain, many herdsmen and farmers simply couldn’t produce food. So Caritas started trucking in drinking water and food, driving lorries over near-impassable dirt roads in villages the government can’t always reach.

Seeds of hope after drought in East Africa

By |15 December 2011|

By Laura Sheahen “When you’re hungry, if you have seeds, you start cooking.” Kotola Susana grins ruefully as he describes the situation of many of his fellow Kenyan farmers. After years of poor rains culminated in a devastating drought in East Africa, farmers ran out of options. In southern Kenya, where they raise corn, sorghum and other grains, fields were dry and brown. In the north, where most families live off their herds, people watched goats and cows grow rib-thin and die. The drought of 2011 destroyed agricultural and livestock safeguards that millions of East Africans rely on. “People ate up their seeds. The seed banking system had collapsed,” says Shadrack Musyoka, who works for Caritas in a southern farming area called Kitui. “And a lot of seed was wasted when people planted early and the rains didn’t come. “People who were traditionally OK were suddenly not OK.” In an area of northern [...]

Kenyan students back to school after East Africa drought

By |15 December 2011|

By Laura Sheahen Alice had always been first in her class as a child, but now she kept getting kicked out of secondary school. “Every time people were sent home for lack of school fees, my name was on the list,” she says. “I was ashamed.” Education in Kenya is technically free, but in poor villages, parents are required to give a few dollars a month to pay teachers or even fix the school roof. So Alice would leave classes for a few weeks until her farming family could scrape together enough money to send her back. Then she’d struggle to catch up. “I had to work harder,” she remembers. “I didn’t sleep very much.” In fits and starts, she managed what seemed to be impossible for a village child whose parents never went to school: she was accepted into a university. “I studied organic chemistry and math,” she says. “I tested organic [...]

Kenya: When drought pits neighbour against neighbour

By |15 December 2011|

As the drought worsened in summer 2011, Caritas distributed emergency food and water in many areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, and neighbouring countries. Caritas also developed water projects that brought together people from previously warring tribes.

East Africa after the Food Crisis

By |15 December 2011|

Your support helped over one million people in East Africa overcome their worst drought in 60 years. You made it possible for Caritas to distribute emergency food, create water projects, and give out seeds so farmers can rebuild. In November 2011, Caritas Communications Officer Laura Sheahen visited Kenya to see the community response in action. Explore the features below to find out how your support made a difference. When drought pits neighbour against neighbour “Herdsmen came here looking for pasture,” says Mwinzi Munyoki Tutu, a young farmer in southern Kenya. “We refused.” ‘You heard our cries’: hunger in East Africa “I met a woman who was crying because she couldn’t remember the last time she had seen so much food.” Seeds of hope after drought “When you’re hungry, if you have seeds, you start cooking.” Kotola Susana grins ruefully as he describes the situation of many of his fellow Kenyan farmers. Kenyan students back to school Alice had [...]

Photo gallery: fighting hunger in East Africa

By |15 December 2011|

“Mothers said their children were too weak to walk to the clinic,” says a nurse who treated malnourished people in northern Kenya during the worst of 2011’s drought. Throughout East Africa, poor rains led to hunger on a massive scale. By late 2011, your gifts had turned things around. Caritas immediately distributed emergency food, but also set up long-term projects that help villagers capture water and raise food even in drought times. Explore this gallery of photos from Kenya to see how you helped. Photos by Laura Sheahen/Caritas

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