The risk of sharing water with elephants

The Risk of Sharing Water with Elephants

“The current drought is worse than what I have experienced in the past. I do not have food in my house and I cannot feed my family. When we do not have enough food for all us, I sacrifice my meal for my mother and my children.” says Maria.

 

The problem with fetching water from the waterholes right now is the increase of wildlife in the area. We have always had elephants and many others in the area but since the river has dried up, they come to the waterhole and share it with people.

 

“We have always had elephants and many others in the area but since the river has dried up, they come to the waterhole and share it with people. She laments  “Since water has become scarce everywhere, elephants are changing their drinking habits and come to the waterholes any time of the day instead of evenings.

 

As a woman, I worry about these attacks by the elephants or other animals that we share the water with.”

 

“A young man was recently killed by elephants when they chased him from the water point. Without water, we can’t prepare meals and go to bed hungry.” She adds “At times elephants would stay at the water point for hours forcing us to go to other wells that are 8 kilometres away. It is very hard to walk up the hill.”

We hope that help will come our way soon before we lose more lives.

Kenya drought and effect on the old and the sick

Left behind are the elderly, the sick and some children.
Mr. Michael Sande, 46 and a sickly father of five is here, pondering his next move. His empty stomach gives him no peace while his weakening body condition cannot allow him do any hard work. His children had stayed at home until a well-wisher took them away.

Simatwa village in West Pokot County and North West, Kenya, is quiet – deserted with little activity. All you have is the scorched land and the ever blazing sun. There are carcasses of dead livestock everywhere – cows, goats and camels. Drought is ravaging this land. The strong and able are leaving in droves to places where food for people and pasture for livestock can be found.

 

Left behind are the elderly, sick and some children.

 

Mr. Michael Sande, 46 is a sickly father of five. His children had stayed at home until a well-wisher took them away.

 

His healthy herd of goats which provided for his family and his medication have since died because of the drought. He is forced to rely on well-wishers for his daily food portions.

“My condition is worsening due to lack of food and medicine” Sande told ActionAid staff who visited him. “My goats meant everything to me. I could sell one goat and buy food to support us for weeks and also medicines. Now I am hopeless. ”

 

“There are many old and sick people stuck inside the huts you see here. Some go for even three days without food and surviving on water only. Every household is affected here and if urgent intervention is not made, we may lose lives,” Sande said.

How you can be involved;

 

She is among the 2.7 million of people in Kenya who are being pushed to the edge by a deadly drought.
Adopt a Family!

Kshs. 6,000 could provide food for

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8 kgs of beans
2 kgs of cooking oil

Chepochemuma Raphael, 35, is a worried woman. She is worried about tomorrow.
The last few months have been one sad moment after another. It started with flash floods from the highlands that swept away most of her crop along Swam River. Then the scorching sun arrived – burning everything, making her life near impossible in Simatwa village, Kongelai, West Pokot County, Kenya.
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7.5kgs of maize
1.5kgs of beans
0.5kgs of cooking oil

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