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June 7, 2017 | Posted in Civil Society Development (CSD), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Quality, Security, Uganda, Water | By

ANGOLO EAST VILLAGE – Ailang District – UGANDA

Walking long distances to fetch water takes time and effort. The heavy responsibility usually falls upon women and girls which means that girls don’t have time to go to school. Walking long distances is also a safety issue because of  the risk of assault.

Therefore, we are always striving to ensure shortest distance possible, for people to walk to the nearest waterpoint. Our goal is that a person should have to walk maximum 500 meters to fetch water. By doing this we create safety and also reduce exclusion!

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PLATE FOR PLATE – Linas Matkasse

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May 10, 2017 | Posted in Kenya, Plate For Plate - Linas Matkasse | By

10,242 PUPILS FROM 37 SCHOOLS

 

School feeding in Tharaka – KENYA

WHERE?
In Tharaka Nithi County, one of the semi-arid regions of Kenya, where the rains are erratic and unreliable making reliance on them untenable. Water levels continue to go down giving rise to water and food scarcity.

WHY?
With the prevailing drought and the looming hunger, mothers in Tharaka County, Kenya send their children to school on an empty stomach. How can a child make it through the day without anything to eat? A hungry child cannot play. A hungry child cannot learn. A hungry child cannot concentrate. Fatigued and weary, these children faint in schools; their immunity systems become weak and eventually drop out of schools.

HOW?
Plate for plate! – The project was introduced at the beginning of the year 2015.Today we are able to feed a total of 10,242 pupils from 37 different schools in Tharaka South. The project will expand in the coming years. Our partner – Linas Matkasse, with the recommendations of nutritionists, has planned a healthy and delicious lunch for the children going to school. This includes beans, corn, rice and onions. All the ingredients are purchased locally and then cooked by the school cook. It is a sight for sore eyes to see these children line up at lunch time, holding their plastic bowls and wearing a gigantic smile in anticipation of their meal.

SPONSOR A SCHOOL LUNCH!
Help a child concentrate, learn and enjoy the beauty of life by a simple act. Help dig out a bright future that these angels deserve!

 

(Text by Nida Nausherwan & Rebecka Woods. Updated by HB 2 May 17)

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Drought in Somalia Somaliland

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April 18, 2017 | Posted in Humanitarian intervention, Somalia/Somaliland | By

REPORTER: Milward Mwamvani

“I had one hundred animals (sheep, goats and camels), but now I only have 20, and I do not know how long they will survive.” These were the words of Hawa Darmar in Tura Village, Garadag District of Sanaag Region, Somaliland.

The IAS Humanitarian Coordinator Milward Mwamvani was in the village for a fact-finding mission and monitoring of a drought-response intervention. After several meetings with stakeholders both in Nairobi and Hargeisa, this was an eye opener. For some time, IAS has been receiving updates on the drought situation in the areas where we have been actively engaging in various projects both in the past and presently.

The drought situation has become dire in the area, as reports also confirm the general situation in Somalia/Somaliland. The story of Hawa is just one of the many sad stories that are told in this area, and other areas affected by the drought. Hawa has been displaced by the drought as she tries to find means to survive the crisis.

Moursul Salaa Hamid is one of the people affected in Taygara village. Here is how our chat went on April 12, 2017:

Milwards Question: What is your livelihood here?

Moursal: I keep livestock.

Q: How many did you have?

Moursal: I had 690 animals (600 goats and sheep, and 90 camels)

Q: How many do you have now?

Moursal: I have 20 camels and 30 goats and sheep remaining

Q: How big is your family?

Moursal: There are eleven of us in my home.

Q: You have received 25kg of rice, 25kg wheat flour, 3 liters cooking oil and 10kg dates. How long do you think these will last?

Moursal: Maybe about 15 days.

Q: What will you do after that?

Moursal: We will wait for God to act.

This is a story that can be told by many. Talking to Huse Mire Ali, a Village Elder in Shiisha Village, he expressed that he has never seen anything like the present situation in his lifetime, with villagers suffering due to lack of food and water. He hoped that his people would get more help.

IAS seeks to continue responding in the Sanaag Region and other affected areas. A lot of money is needed to get enough food and water for the people and their animals to avert a worse disaster in the area. As water has been brought to the community in trucks, the signs are that the current water source is about to dry up. One of the drivers of the trucks explained that they were presently getting the water from a place about 120km away from this particular location. He also indicated that soon they may have to get the water as far as 170km. The rains are considered late already, and everyone is now panicking, not knowing what could happen beyond this… Will you partner with us and support us to respond to the crisis in Somalia/Somaliland?

/Milward Mwamvani photo and text, on location April 2017 (post created & updated 19 Apr – HB)

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VOICE humanitarian roundtable meeting in Stockholm

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March 7, 2017 | Posted in Press release | By

PICTURES: Håkan Björk

VOICE (Volontary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies)

What should the EU´s humanitarian priorities be in 2017/2018?

VOICE, with it’s swedish members organized a “roundtable” with the intention to bring together the national humanitarian perspectives from the Scandinavian countries with the European perspective.

Discussed 

  • EU Humanitarian Aid in 2017/2018 – Policy Framework
  • Bridging between humanitarian and development aid
  • The Grand Bargain
  • Workshop on Grand Bargain

The upcoming World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Grand Bargain and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all present opportunities for increased solidarity and engagement in humanitarian action.

Among other participants;

Niklas Winberg – Head of section for Humanitarian Affairs, Swedish MINISTRY For FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
Chiara Gariazzo – Director, ECHO, European Commission
Kathrin Schick – Director, VOICE
CHAIR – Floris Faber – ACT ALLIANCE EU OFFICE

Jessica Hedman – Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, PMU
Anna Garvander – Head of Humanitarian Team/International Department, CHURCH OF SWEDEN
Marek Stys – Head of Emergency & External Relation, PEOPLE IN NEED
CHAIR – Ester Asin – SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL EU LIASON OFFICE

Nicolas Borsinger – President, VOICE
Daniel Zetterlund – CEO, INTERNATIONAL AID SERVICES
Magali Mourlon – VOICE secretariat

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