Situation Report: Drought in Kenya

November 9, 2016


As a result of La Niña, Kenya is currently experiencing and will likely continue to experience drought. The second half of 2016 has largely been dry and sunny, conditions that are projected to continue at unusually high levels for the remainder of the year.

An estimated 1.25 million people in Arid or Semi-Arid counties are facing starvation and malnutrition as a result of having less to eat. One county is already in at an “alarm drought” level, and six more are listed as being at an “alert” level.

CWS Response

CWS plans to be part of the ACT Alliance response, which will support 17,000 households in Tana River, Kilifi, Kajiado, Kwale, Samburu and Marsabit counties. This response will likely include trucking water to schools, hospitals and animal watering points; providing cash assistance to those affected; ensuring food aid and providing hay for livestock.

Further information will be made available as the specifics of the response plan take shape in the coming days.

How to Help

Financial contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts worldwide may be made online or may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.