Extended periods of drought have plagued Kenya for years. Climate strongly affects the country’s food supply and economy, which can fluctuate frequently depending on the rain and security situations in the region. Food security in Kenya has deteriorated in recent years, due to below-normal harvests that followed a combination of poor rains and flooding. An estimated 1.3 million people are acutely food insecure in Kenya—more than twice as many as were in need in 2016.
Food insecurity is high levels of malnutrition. Kenyan children, mothers and elderly are particularly susceptible to hunger-related illnesses and death.
With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Kenya are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief has been working in Kenya since 1993, and the Islamic Relief Kenya office was registered more than a decade later. Kenya was one of several African countries supported by IR’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Kenya
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Kenya a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities
$250 can support integrated programming that helps create sustainable livelihoods
$50 can provide vital food packages to families suffering from starvation
Fadumo is a mother of 8. Her elder daughter had to help her by working in a small shop. The family consists of 10 people. They had no one else to assist them with family support.
“We used eat once or twice a day—morning and evening—and most of our daily meals consisted of maize, beans, and rice. We seldom had fruits and vegetables. Our diets was very poor because of more carbohydrates, with little vitamins and proteins
It is certainly a challenge to feed a such big family with ten members, and buying food depends on our daily income. If we didn’t have enough food, we had to take from our friends, neighbours, and relatives.
Without proper food, it’s difficult to survive, and poor diets have bad effects on health—especially for children, pregnant, lactating, and old-aged people. Poor nutrition may cause diseases related to malnutrition and diseases common in children and pregnant women.
Since we received microfinance cash support from Islamic Relief, our living standard has improved, alhamdulillah. Our normal life is good, and now we can cover and buy our basic needs.
Thanks to Islamic Relief for providing us with microcredit cash distribution. We are so happy to receive this model project. This will serve our daily income for buying food and everything for our entire family.
My family and I are especially happy to receive this cash grant and assistance from Islamic Relief and this has allowed me to open and run a small shop in my house which has been reconstructed by Islamic Relief, and now is functional thanks to the cash and asset given to me.”
I’m happy and I thank to Allah, Islamic Relief, and the donors and I wish our Muslim donors the best.”