Kenya: Dire Food Emergency

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September 7, 2004

World Vision is responding to a major drought in Kenya that has resulted in food shortages for 3.3 million people, including 1.5 million children.

The situation is dire. Five of Kenya's seven provinces have now experienced an average crop failure of 60 percent. Government grain reserves are almost exhausted. People are eating wild roots in hopes of easing their hunger. Many children have dropped out of school to assist their parents in the search for food. Some children, the elderly, and mothers are showing signs of severe emaciation.

The government is expecting World Vision to play a lead role in responding to this emergency since 25 of the organization's 39 sponsorship communities are affected by the drought. World Vision’s U.S. office is partnering with the World Food Programme to provide food aid to 75,000 people over the next six months. With additional support from World Vision’s international offices and the help of Kenya’s churches, World Vision plans to provide food aid to an additional 375,000 people over the next six months.

The Kenyan churches chose to work with World Vision not only because it is a Christian organization, but also because of its professional expertise in relief food distribution and its strong record of financial accountability.

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