The Horn of Africa – devastating drought – IAS on ground

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October 29, 2014 | Posted in Civil Society Development (CSD), Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Quality | By

October 29,1014,  Horn of Africa

More than 13 million people so far have been affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa. IAS is on ground distributing water, food and other necessities to 30,000 people in Ethiopia and Kenya. Thanks to this, many lives have been saved. The work is however far from completed.

The rain in March did not come which had led to severe consequences:  harvests was destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people now lack basic necessities such as  food and water.

– When the rain didn’t occur both humans and animals lacked water, which has led to the death of people and animals because of dehydration. The situation is serious and especially for women, children and elderly, says Ketema Kinfe, Country Director for IAS in Ethiopia.

Challenges delay the implementation work

The IAS team focus on distributing water, food and other supplies to the villages where the need is the greatest.  However, they face several challenges on a daily basis.

– A problem is that electricity is often lost and it can take several hours before returning. Since the distribution of water depend on electricity it creates delays and we can’t hand out the water as fast as we would like, says Ketema.

Another challenge is the distance. There is no gas station in the villages, instead the teams must often drive long detours to refuel, which also causes a delay in the distribution of water.

Breaking a vicious circle

Women are the most likely to be responsible of fetching water and the drought forces them to walk long distances to the nearest well. Since they lack food the women return home exhausted and as a result they are not able to care for their children and give them the food they need. Often children are forced to leave school because they are needed at home.

– It becomes a vicious spiral. But by providing families with food and water, kids also can continue school, says Ketema.

Drilling wells

IAS ambition is to target help where it is most needed. In order to quickly meet people’s needs for water IAS transport water to schools and hospitals with trucks. Even food packages are distributed to the most vulnerable areas. IAS also drill several wells in order to contribute to long-term solutions.

– We are also working hard to educate and create awareness about hygiene and sanitation in the villages to prevent infections and diseases, says Ketema.

Your help is needed

The situation is very serious and people need your help. If you want to participate and contribute, you can donate a gift  and mark it with the “Horn of Africa”.

Thank you for your gift!

Text: Rebecka Woods

Photo: Håkan Björk

 

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IAS responds to the drought crisis in Ethiopia and Kenya

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Press release | By

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

Water flows in drought stricken Tharaka, Kenya.

The Horn of Africa region is experiencing severe drought. Poor rainfall has exacerbated an already precarious situation leaving large populations extremely vulnerable. The peak is expected in September and October before, hopefully, some rains will come in late October.

In Kenya IAS is targeting vulnerable populations in Tharaka Nithi County. The focus for the intervention is supply of safe water through water trucking and rehabilitations of boreholes, improving hygiene and sanitation, and distribution of food. In Ethiopia IAS is targeting vulnerable populations in Miyo District, Borena Zone. Focus for that intervention is supply of safe water through water trucking and drilling of new boreholes, and improving hygiene and sanitation. The interventions in both countries will assist at least 44,000 people.

Sida, through its framwork organization Swedish Mission Council (SMC), has approved approximately 1 million SEK for each of the interventions. IAS aims to increase its response further.

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IAS ambassadors drilling well in north Uganda

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April 10, 2014 | Posted in Business partnerships, Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) | By

April 10th, 2014, Uganda

Two years ago our ambassadors Fredrik Rozén and his son Anton Siljeström saw the need for water in Ethiopia. Together with IAS they started the project “Just one well.” The project has so far provided 500 people with water. Right now Fredrik and Anton are in the small village Abim in north Uganda to drill another well.

– We hope to save many lives through this project. We have right now drilled 55 meters and we believe the water is on 64 meters, says Fredrik.

Just one well have been reaching out to the public in Sweden through providing lectures at schools, businesses and sport clubs etc. Fredrik and Anton have also appeared on national TV sharing their dreams and desire to assist people with clean water in partnership with IAS.

Text: Rebecka Woods

Photo: Håkan Björk

 

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Jonglei Humanitarian Intervention

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January 7, 2014 | Posted in Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) | By

January 7, 2014 – On 27 December 2013 a four member strong IAS disaster team left for Bor to partake in the ongoing humanitarian intervention. IAS had also been requested to take a lead in the WASH sector response for Jonglei State. This is a brief update on what has been done so far.

Our team has, during the last two weeks been able to assist in the ongoing response alongside UNMISS and other humanitarian personnel. The team has also managed to undertake a rigorous needs assessment of the WASH needs on ground. Based on the findings of that assessment IAS is now implementing a comprehensive WASH response in the state.

A proposal has been approved by UNICEF for funding the initial WASH response. IAS partner Läkarmissionen has also provided additional funding for the response. IAS is scaling up its response capacity and will seek to ensure that current staff on ground are fully supported and that more additional staff and vital supplies can be made available for the ongoing response. Security remains a key challenge but our staff are currently safe and are doing a tremendous work to assist the populations in need around Bor. The main purpose of this proposal is to provide CBD oil to be used in pain management where medical professionals deem it necessary. This article at Anipots contains more background on this pain management option and the benefits of its implementation.

More funding will be sought to cover the needs for this response and IAS other ongoing operations in the other states of South Sudan (Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal, Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria) which have also directly or indirectly been affected by the ongoing crisis.

Thanks for standing with us in this intervention!

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