Saturday, September 24, 2011

Taiwan Fights the Drought in Kenya

As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, I can't resist noting any news that brings together two of my favorite countries:
Taiwan is currently participating in a program to help Kenya fight the most severe drought in decades, according to the International Cooperation and Development Fund.

ICDF is collaborating with Mercy Corps from the U.S. to repair and rebuild water resources in the region, and offered US$200,000 to help fund the program.

Countries in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti, are suffering from the most severe drought in over 60 years. The ICDF said it is providing drought assistance in Kenya because the drought has caused victims from neighboring countries to move toward the northeastern part of the country.

The aid program includes fixing water supply facilities, testing and sterilizing local water resources, and building public toilets, said the ICDF.

It also tried to help prevent communicable diseases resulting from water shortage by providing hygiene education.
Kenya is doubly hit; not only does it take a hit from the severe drought, the worst in decades, but it is flooded with refugees from neighboring countries. In fact, the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, is in Kenya, according to the CNN article. There's a photo essay on it here. Kudos to Taiwan for doing something to help.
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1 comment:

Steve said...

Kudos to Taiwan and thanks for posting!