A crash course in changing the world.
In 2006, the United Nations said it expected Africa to be the continent most affected by climate change, not because it produces a large amount of greenhouse gases - quite the opposite - but because it is the least equipped to cope with change.
The rains have failed in Kenya since 2007 resulting in a prolonged drought with over 10 million people needing food aid. Drought is a normal, recurring feature of the climate in most parts of the world. It is among the earliest doc**ented climatic events, present in the Epic of Gilgamesh and tied to the biblical story of Joseph's arrival in and Exodus from Ancient Egypt. But, the prolonged drought crippled agriculture production in rural Kenya, greatly affecting millions of families who rely on farming, fishing or herding. An estimated 100,000 cattle have died and 4 million Kenyans to rely on donated food and water for survival.
The heavy rains in Kenya have started falling and thousands have been left homeless as floods follow the country’s worst-ever drought. The hard dry ground caused by the drought cannot absorb the water so it floods bringing the risk of disease – in particular water-borne diseases like ch***ra and diarrhea, and respiratory diseases. There is a need of supplies such as food, shelter and clean water.
Seems like a vicious cycle doesn’t it? Well here is the story of how one Kenyan family is adapting to this situation - a simple solution with a big impact.