When the rain won’t come

by Katja Weber/RBU,  2011/08/03

When the rain won’t come, crops are withering and livestock is dying, when there is neither food nor drinking water, humans no longer have a basis of life. humedica country coordinator Katja Weber has lost her heart to Kenya some time ago and therefore she is particularly touched by the current situation of the people at the Horn of Africa.

Since they have been deprived of their basis of life, the situation of the people at the Horn of Africa is aggravation continuously. Photo: humedica/Katja Weber

Together with humedica she will be active in Kenya in the next few months in order to help the people out of their misery of which they have no fault of their own. The fist steps have already been taken in the form of relief goods distributions, as we are told in the report of the young woman from Baden-Wuerttemberg.

“The yellow water cans catch one’s eye from far-off in the else colourless and meagre surroundings. The two young girls at the well need to lower their makeshift buckets for about four metres into the well in order to reach the water. The well’s basin above the ground has long since dried up.

The Wajir District in the northeast of Kenya has about 620,000 inhabitants. Most of them live of livestock farming and agriculture. Or rather do they try to live of it, since this year there has been no rain at all so far. And hence the basis of their income is drying up.

They walk miles and miles herding their livestock in order to find some grass for their cows and goats to feed on. How are they supposed to provide for their families, and what with? In this state no one wants to buy the emaciated cows. A third of the livestock has already died of thirst; one in five goats has perished.

People depend on external aid, on international aid. Kulaley is provided with water brought by a tanker every week. The water is channelled into hollows that are lined with plastic canvas. Each family can now queue up to fill their 20-litre water cans.

20 litres for the entire family. In Germany the average consumer uses more than 100 litres per day. Photo: humedica/Katja Weber

Last Tuesday humedica also implemented an additional relief measure. Two tons of relief goods were distributed in particular to mothers with children: liquid infant food, starting and follow-on formulas for infants whose mothers cannot nurse them and infant food in glasses. These goods were part of the humedica relief flight that arrived in Kenya on Sunday.

The Kenyan vice president Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and the Minister for Special Projects, Ester Murugi Mathenge realised the promise they gave during the welcome procedure at the airport and attended the distribution in the north of Kenya in person.

They actively supported CEO Wolfgang Groß and the humedica team regarding the organisation and implementation of the distribution. During a short speech the vice president thanked all Kenyans and the international community for their contribution to relieving people’s misery.

Little children in particular urgently depend on our help. Therefore I am glad that humedica has brought food,” Musyoka once more emphasised his gratitude for the help from Germany.”

This first humedica distribution in the famine regions at the Horn of Africa is an important first step. Please continue supporting our missions also in future, give new strength to the people at the Horn of Africa by means of your donation. Thank you very much.

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference „Famine relief Africa
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also contribute to our relief measures by sending a simple, fast and secure text message: send DOC to +49 8 11 90 and make a donation of 5 euros, with 4,83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica relief projects.

Little children in particular need help urgently. Thank you for fighting the famine together with us. Photo: humedica/Katja Weber

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