Alight responds with smart water aid as severe drought threatens famine in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
MINNEAPOLIS, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history, with famine looming, global humanitarian organization, A light announced a three-country response, sending teams along the Kenya-Ethiopia-Somalia border to help communities mitigate the impact of a severe drought and introduce “water smart” for families.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that between 15 and 16 million people wake up every day with high levels of food insecurity and growing malnutrition. About 5.7 million children are acutely malnourished, and the number is expected to increase if rains fail in the coming weeks.
“Families are taking desperate measures to survive, with thousands leaving their homes in search of food, water and pasture, increasing the risk of conflict and putting further pressure on already limited basic services” , declares CEO of Alight, Jocelyn Wyatt. “Establishing a ‘water-smart’ approach to the region will help mitigate some of this risk while working with the community to not only produce life-saving water flows, but also educate them on the way to continue the process on their own, preparing them for future needs.”
The “smart water” approach consists of establishing a covered water catchment system, as well as access to drinking water via reinforced concrete water tanks, taps, washing pads (where people can wash clothes and linens) and troughs for cattle. Alight will also help families set up vegetable gardens (small plots of homesteads) as well as training in drip irrigation.
Alight’s intervention will also provide immediate access to clean water to approximately 6,200 drought-affected households in the region. In addition to emergency water trucking and fuel subsidies for boreholes, teams will rehabilitate shallow wells, construct water kiosks and animal troughs, and promote best hygiene practices in communities. schools, an essential element when water shortages are frequent.
In commemoration of World Refugee Day 2022, Alight hosted an in-depth discussion with refugee and migration expert and Founder/Executive Director of Climate Refugees Amali Tower address the major impact of climate change on displacement and how it directly affects the communities in which Alight serves. To watch the discussion, please click here.
Founded in 1978 by the founder Neal Ball, A light, formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, provides health care, clean water, shelter, protection and economic opportunity to more than 3.5 million people in more than 20 countries each year. Alight believes in the incredible creativity, potential and ingenuity of displaced people and strives to highlight their humanity, the enormous amount of good that is already happening and the possibilities to do more. In 2021, Alight received the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the eleventh consecutive year, celebrating more than a decade of hard-hitting work.