Since 2006, Islamic Relief Kenya programme has addressed short-term emergency needs, medium- term rehabilitation programmes and the longer term strategic needs of the poor through development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions. In an effort to increase the resilience to shock through re-building the asset level of drought affected Households, IRK has been supporting farmers along the riverine with irrigation along River Daua. Also supporting the pastoralists in protecting the main herds of livestock against drought shocks and support widow, poor and vulnerable mothers through micro-finance.
IR has and is helping farmers by providing pump set (with initial running cost), intensive training on Good Agronomic Practices, open more land for irrigation and support in ensuring the right crops are planted and sustained to maturity and proper water management system is instituted.
Through the Climate Resilient Project with funds from DFID/IR-UK and Alternative Livelihood Project of IR-USA, IRK has reached and changed the lives and livelihoods of about 2500 agro-pastoralists by providing them with fuel subsidy, seeds and pump-sets, over 3000 pastoralists through treatment and vaccination of 320,000 pastoral stocks against opportunistic diseases as well as conducting periodic animal disease surveillance to determine prevalence and status of animal health. This is done through support to relevant government ministries. IR is also supporting agro-pastoralist who are far from the river with greenhouse kitty to do farming.
Furthermore, IRK is running a Sharia compliant micro credit project funded by an Islamic Relief partner and DFID. It targets vulnerable women, households with orphaned children’s guardians and widows. The beneficiaries are mobilized into groups, registered, trained and given small credit loans to start up or expand their businesses and repay the same over a given period of time. Currently the programme covers 1038 households in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa and this has been a major success; enabling the families to raise income to meet household needs and pay for the school fees for the children.
Beside these integrated support, IRK has a hazard preparedness and mitigation strategy which has been and is conducting intensive capacity building of communities on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR). It has so far capacity built 5 communities to manage occurrence of disasters locally with corresponding response initiative of developing community action plans and contingency plans whereby IRK, using the action plans developed lobby and advocate implementation of these action plans or in-cooperation into their activity development plans from the relevant government ministries and agencies through establishment of linkages.
IRK also has short term intervention in form of cash for work, but have a long term benefit to the community; the initiative has created short-term employment to over 6000 households who have been able to access the needed cash to purchase food and other family needs during stress periods. This has address food security of over 36,000 people in the short run and also offers a greater potential for increasing people’s access to essential items and protecting livelihoods in long run.