“It makes me happy to see my children eating two meals a day”
Trócaire has responded to this year’s drought across Kenya, and particularly in Turkana, where we have provided emergency assistance to hundreds of affected households. We have supported those who are most vulnerable – orphans, pregnant women, child headed families, people living with HIV, people living with disabilities and widows like Elizabeth.
Trócaire’s local partner, Caritas Lodwar, provided Elizabeth with a small amount of cash assistance to help her family survive through the drought. As a result, she was able to purchase some food, pay for school fees and also medical fees for her children. She was also able to buy some fish to sell at her market stall to earn an income.
The project wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Irish government through Irish Aid.
Before the project, Elizabeth was struggling to provide one meal a day to her children and grandchildren. Some of them would sleep during the day because they had no energy. Now she can provide both lunch and supper, and the children are full of energy again.
“It makes me happy to see my children eating two meals a day” she says. She hopes that she can continue to sell fish and save some money, so that she can send the children to secondary school.
“I am proud of my children and grandchildren that surround me. Even when you’ve a lot of issues and stress, when you see them running around it makes you happy.”
Action for the climate
As the planet continues to heat up, the future is extremely challenging for the people of Turkana. While global efforts on tackling climate change are focusing on keeping temperature rises to 1.5 degrees by 2030, one study has shown that Turkana has already experienced a 1.8 degree rise.
An increase of a few more degrees could turn Turkana into a desert.
Countries like Kenya have done little to contribute to the global problem of climate breakdown, yet are already experiencing these impacts. As drought, floods and other disasters like cyclones hit with increasing frequency, Trócaire continues to work in the countries most affected by this global problem.
For communities in Kenya, climate change is not some distant threat, it is here and now. For these communities, and many more around the world, our governments need to urgently take action and step up our ambition on climate change.
Climate change is a daily reality in Northern Kenya from Trocaire on Vimeo.