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Located in East Africa, Kenya’s population currently stands at 47 million, 75-80% of whom live in rural areas and depend on either subsistence agriculture or livestock for their livelihoods. Kenya faces a high dependency burden which places pressing demands on social services including education and healthcare. Food insecurity and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in Northern Kenya remain extremely high and are exacerbated by cyclic droughts.

World Relief's work in Kenya began with an HIV/AIDS prevention program and grew to include initiatives in peacebuilding, savings, agriculture, nutrition, church empowerment and disaster response. Along with providing immediate disaster relief to areas suffering from drought, livestock disease and food shortages, World Relief's programs in Kenya have now transitioned to focus on long-term, integrated programs focused on sustainable agriculture, access to water, nutrition, food security, savings and health interventions.


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The Immediate Crisis in Turkana

In Kenya’s county of Turkana–one of the hottest, driest regions in the world–well over 100,000 people are hungry and at risk of starvation.

What started as a water shortage in Turkana has escalated into a massive drought and resulting food crisis. Recently the Kenyan government declared a national emergency in response to two years of missed rain in Turkana.

World Relief is the only non-profit organization with a permanent, long-term presence in Turkana North, Kenya. Join us in providing immediate food assistance and nutrition outreach to the people of Turkana. Together, we can save lives and make a long-lasting difference in the region.

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Economic Development (Agriculture & Savings for Life Program)

Church Empowerment/Integral Mission

Mobilizing Youth for Life (HIV/AIDS Prevention)

Food Security & Water Access

Maternal & Child Health


    aid and relief work in Africa
    • World Relief's programs in Kenya began in 1991.
    • Programs currently reach 8,421 households in Turkana
    • 5 boreholes were drilled and 6 sand dams built in Turkana, revitalizing the area with access to water for livestock, domestic use and farming.
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    Elias Kamau, Country Director
    Sophie Wasonga, HR & Administration Manager
    Heglon Kitawi, Manager, Church Mobilization
    Mercy Amae, Health Programs and M&E Manager
    Oliver Otsimi, AKAN Program Manager
    Micah Ikachoi, Health Coordinator
    Calis Elamach, Nutrition Officer
    Dr. Jotham Muge, Vet Surgeon & Livestock Development Officer
    Daniel Eregae Lokolonyoi, Micro Finance Project Officer
    Lydia Lobolia, Care Groups Project Officer