The work of the Community of Sant'Egidio is made thanks to volunteers and is financed by collections, contributes, donations, both public and private.

Help us to help

 You can make the difference for many

 

             


change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the community

 
September 19 2011 | KENYA

Drinking water and food in the districts hit more severely by the drought: a new convoy of humanitarian aid to the North of Kenya

 
printable version

The dramatic situation caused by the drought in the North of Kenya persists. Thanks to the generous response to our appeal for aid, the intervention of the Community of Sant’Egidio has now been enlarged and embraces also other affected areas. 

New convoys with humanitarian aid, with approximately 11 tons of food and drinking water have been sent to three areas which are particularly hit by the drought.

We are in the north of Kenya, not far away from the border with Ethiopia. The first areas we reached were Baragoi and South Horr, at ca. 700 km north from Nairobi, in the district of North Samburu.

Here the population lives in small villages, often difficult to reach, spread out in the typical African savanna. The drying of the water sources in the whole region deprived the population completely of food and also the little of farming, mainly of goats and camels, is threatened by the lack of water. Entire families composed by up to ten persons live in huts, mostly constructed with makeshift material. The poverty is worsened by a difficult ethnic balance, with continuous clashes between samburu and turkana, both claiming the scarce resources available.

Upon the arrival of the truck with the humanitarian aid, the children immediately surrounded us. In their hands they held all kinds of recipients: bowls, basins, cans, even old plastic cups, and they asked us to give them to drink.

The mission then continued up to the North, towards the western coast of the Turkana Lake, to the village of Loyiangalani.

In the middle of the isolated stone desert, with some rare trees, live approximately 8.000 persons, divided in small settlements with primitive huts. In the past four years it has rained only twice, and only for a very limited time. The salt water of the lake can’t be used, and thus the local people are forced to live as semi-nomads, trying to exploit the poor water resources of the area. Fishing is becoming more difficult since new species of fish have been added to the lake, upsetting the traditional composition of the fish farming, which up to now had guaranteed basic nutrition to the local people. The soil composition doesn’t allow any agricultural activity.

Currently the distribution of goods continues in this area, thanks also to the collaboration between the Community of Sant’Egidio and the network of missions of the Consolata Fathers present in this region.

 ALSO READ
• NEWS
March 2 2015

The appeal for reconciliation in the Central African Republic signed in Sant'Egidio: why is it important?


We spoke to with Mauro Garofalo, of the Community of Sant'Egidio, who has followed all the stages of the negotiations that led to the signing of the pre-election agreement among the leading personalities of the country
IT | EN | ES | FR
February 18 2015
ROME, ITALY

The Prime Minister of Cape Verde visiting Sant'Egidio


among the topics addressed, also the Community aid to the displaced due to the volcano eruption in Ilha do Fogo
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR
February 16 2015
BUKAVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

In Bukavu, three young juveniles 47th anniversary of Sant'Egidio

IT | EN | ES | FR | PT
February 12 2015
MALAWI

First food aids arrive in flooded Malawi thanks to fund raising among Communities of Sant'Egidio all over the world

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
February 3 2015
ROME, ITALY

They came from the Central African Republic to learn how to make peace in the spirit of Assisi


A training course at Sant'Egidio with the representatives of the interreligious platform
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL
February 3 2015
UVIRA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Christian unity and solidarity in Uvira, where a home is being built for the elderly people accused of witchcraft

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL
all news
• PRESS
March 3 2015
February 17 2015
February 10 2015
February 3 2015
January 29 2015
January 28 2015
all press releases
• EVENTI
March 8 2015 | MUNICH, GERMANY

Afrika ohne AIDS – nur ein Traum?

March 6 2015 | MÖNCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY

Afrika ohne AIDS – nur ein Traum?

March 1 2015 | WÜRZBURG, GERMANY

Afrika ohne AIDS – nur ein Traum?

All meetings of prayer for peace
• NO DEATH PENALTY
November 11 2014
KENYA
A congress for a peaceful Kenyan society

No justice without life also in Nairobi!


A representation of the Community of Sant'Egidio, a delegation of the American association Journey of Hope, the Ministry of Justice, several Embassies and the European Union took part in the congress
October 12 2014
All Africa

Africa: How the Death Penalty Is Slowly Weakening Its Grip On Africa

September 20 2014
AFP

In Ciad rischio criminalizzazione gay, ma abolizione pena morte

go to no death penalty
• DOCUMENTS
Declaration of the African Union on the Republican Pact"
Eigen Onishi
Post-Earthquake Japan by Eigen Onishi
Katsuji Iwahashi
Japan after the Earthquake by Katsuji Iwahashi
Kansho Kayaki
Japan after the Earthquake by Kansho Kayaki
all documents
• BOOKS

Il prezzo di due mani pulite





Paoline

Un domani per i miei bambini





PIEMME
all books

VIDEO PHOTOS
1:43
VIDEO: Conferenza stampa Centrafrica (Agenzia TMNews)

895 visits

870 visits

884 visits

834 visits

846 visits
all the related media