Impact of climate change in Kenya - mother of seven, Asekon. The drought of 2017 and the current drought has left her with few livelihood options. Two of her children are malnourished. Photo: Gavin DouglasImpact of climate change in Kenya - mother of seven, Asekon. The drought of 2017 and the current drought has left her with few livelihood options. Two of her children are malnourished. Photo: Gavin DouglasImpact of climate change in Kenya - mother of seven, Asekon. The drought of 2017 and the current drought has left her with few livelihood options. Two of her children are malnourished. Photo: Gavin Douglas

Turkana Appeal

The global climate crisis is having a critical impact for families in Turkana, Kenya.

£15

could provide two weeks’ worth of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child.

£38

could provide five weeks’ worth of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child.

£88

could provide a full eight-week course of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child and help towards a vital cash transfer for their family.

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Climate change is causing a humanitarian crisis in places like Turkana, Kenya. Erratic weather has led to food shortages and thousands of children under five are now severely malnourished.

People in Kenya have suffered major droughts that have come almost every decade, destroying their crops and livestock. In the past, families have had many years in between to recover. Now, with the climate crisis, things are different.

Never before have the droughts been so frequent, or so devastating. In these unrelenting conditions, parents have no food to feed their children.

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Kenya faces a double threat from the climate crisis and locusts

After months of drought that allowed little food to grow, the rains finally came but this created perfect breeding conditions for locusts in Kenya.

It is the worst locust infestation in Kenya for 70 years. For families who rely on farming to survive this is devastating; a swarm covering one square kilometre can eat as much food in a day as 35,000 humans.

By supporting our Turkana appeal you could save a child’s life by helping to provide urgently needed therapeutic food. Your support can also provide vital cash transfers, helping parents to ensure all their children get the food they need to survive.

Ng’ikario Ekiru feeds her family with wild desert fruit and roasted animal hides as they experience the second drought in three years. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Ng’ikario Ekiru feeds her family with wild desert fruit and roasted animal hides as they experience the second drought in three years. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Seven friends from the village of Locheredome, Turkana, Nothern Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Seven friends from the village of Locheredome, Turkana, Nothern Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Atiir collects firewood every day in northern Kenyato make money. Drought has made it her only means of survival. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Atiir collects firewood every day in northern Kenyato make money. Drought has made it her only means of survival. Photo: Gavin Douglas
North eastern Kenya in the ferociously hot Chalbi desert. Photo: Jennifer Nolan
North eastern Kenya in the ferociously hot Chalbi desert. Photo: Jennifer Nolan
Giro Dima, a health & nutrition officer in Turkana, northern Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Giro Dima, a health & nutrition officer in Turkana, northern Kenya. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Kenyan mother of seven Asekon and her youngest child Erupe (15 months). Erupe suffers from malnourishment. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide
“I knew if I didn’t get help, that my child would just die in my hands.”
Asekon - Mother from Tukana, Kenya

Meet Asekon and two-year-old Erupe

Asekon’s community have survived for generations by herding goats between pastures. But when drought and locusts destroy the pastures, the goats become too weak to produce milk - the rich, nutritious milk Asekon relies on to feed her children.

Our response

Concern is supporting communities like Asekon’s to restore pasture lands and develop other sources of income and food to reduce their reliance on livestock. But this will take time – and time is what many children do not have. To survive they need food now.

  • We’re supporting 44 mobile nutrition centres to reach up to 6,000 malnourished children in the most remote and hardest hit parts of the country.
  • We’re aiming to provide emergency cash transfers to almost 5,500 households, enabling them to buy food and other essential items to survive.

 

Please donate today to help families on the frontline of this climate crisis.

£15
£15

could provide two weeks’ worth of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child.

£38
£38

could provide five weeks’ worth of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child.

£88
£88

could provide a full eight-week course of therapeutic food sachets for a malnourished child and help towards a vital cash transfer for their family.

Help a family survive the effects of the climate crisis

  • In 50 years, temperatures have risen by 2-3°C. This means the land cannot recover, leaving animals struggling to survive.

  • In Turkana, thousands of children under five are severely malnourished.

  • Send a gift today and help provide emergency therapeutic food for a child.

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