Earlier this month, Kenya declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of its 47 counties currently affected. The number of people not getting enough or adequate food in the country has more than doubled – from 1.3 million to 2.7 million (UN OCHA). The Kenya Red Cross continues to assist vulnerable communities in affected areas through food distributions, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities, cash transfers, as well as basic health care.

 

Barren land in drought-affected Baringo, western Kenya. (Photo: Eric Chege: Kenya Red Cross)

Woman collecting water from a source in Baringo, western Kenya. (Photo: Eric Chege / Kenya Red Cross Society)

Dead livestock in drought-affected Kilifi, southeastern Kenya. (Photo: Kenya Red Cross Society)

Nginyang, Marigat. A child drinking from the water supply rehabilitated by the Kenya Red Cross Society in Nginyang. The Red Cross’ drought intervention is allowing the local community to access clean water. (Photo: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society)

Kenya Red Cross staff and volunteers distribute relief supplies to drought-affected communities in Nyimbei, Kenya. (Photo: John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society)

Kenya Red Cross staff and volunteers distribute relief supplies to drought-affected communities in Nyimbei, Kenya. (John Bundi / Kenya Red Cross Society)