Drought, floods, conflict and other natural disasters have been frequent occurrences in most parts of Marsabit. The threat of drought-related emergencies is recurrent. The pastoralist life has been exposed to the harsh climatic conditions with constant and prolonged droughts that characterize this region, leading to lack of food, high malnutrition, loss of livestock and sometimes entire herds, loss of lives, entrenched poverty and uncertainty of their future.
Our interventions aim to reduce the risks faced by vulnerable pastoralists and agro-pastoralists the County of Marsabit in order to build the resilience of the target groups to bridge the existing gap between drought resilient livelihoods, natural resource management, inter-communal conflict management and the long-term development concerns in the region.
With the delayed rains of 2019, PACIDA is currently implementing various DRR and humanitarian interventions, which included the following:
- Emergency cash transfers
- Supplementary feeding of livestock
- Slaughter de-stocking
- Emergency Water Trucking
The interventions implemented during this period cushion significant number of vulnerable people and livestock from imminent starvation.
Summary of DRR achievements in 2019
In collaboration with Marsabit County Veterinary Department, PACIDA conducted mass deworming and animal treatment exercise in three locations of high livestock concentration in Moyale, North Horr and Saku sub counties. Over 480,000 small livestock received deworming doses. In addition, 10,940 other animals were dewormed and treated for various conditions. Under the project, PACIDA conducted refresher training for 15 community-based animal health workers also known as community disease reporters. Communities in the trageted locations reported improved animal health.
To improve resilience to drought disaster and starvation, under the child survival project , PACIDA installed a solar powered system for pumping water at Kambi Nyoka borehole. The installation significantly reduced costs associated with utilizing generators and enhancing sustainability of the water resource gains. This in turn reduced the time spent at the water point by both humans and livestock. More than 600 people and 10,000 livestock benefited from the facilities.
Read more from our 2018 annual report