Malnourished Kenyan Mothers
Kenyans Living in Poverty
Since 2008, Kenya has faced severe food insecurity problems, attributed to frequent droughts, high costs of domestic food production, displacement of farmers during election violence in 2007, high global food prices, and low purchasing power for a large proportion of the population.
Each year 2 to 4 million people are in need of external food aid. Under-nutrition contributes to an estimated one-third of deaths to children under 5.More than one-third of children are stunted, and stunting increased from 2003 to 2009. Stunting has a higher burden on male (37 percent) than female children (33 percent), on children whose mothers are malnourished (45 percent), and in rural (37 percent) versus urban areas (26 percent). Inadequate infant and young child feeding practices also contribute to high rates of under-nutrition, as only one-third of children are exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age, and less than one-quarter of children 6-23 months receive a minimum acceptable diet. (Source: USAID.gov, 2/8/16)
Traditionally the Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral people who migrate between semi-arid lowlands and more humid uplands to obtain water and grazing pasture for their livestock. They number approximately one million.
The villagers in the rural areas obtain their livelihood through husbandry of cattle, goats and sheep.Those that have the means, supplement their family incomes and are self sustaining through the sale of milk, livestock and wild products, primarily charcoal and firewood. However, there are many who do not have the financial means to own livestock that can provide them with protein for energy and additional income they need to sustain themselves.
By providing a cow, goat, or chickens to a Maasai family, you are providing the gift that keeps on giving.These gifts are also used to build lasting relationships between families, individuals, and communities. Each goat can produce up to one and a half liters of milk every day. Milk, butter and yogurt are the most valuable support you can give to a drought devastated family.
2016 Water Project Update: Now that we have water in abundance from our 2016 water Project, we can now provide water for our crops. This will provide beans, corn, fruits, and other food sources to nourish our kids at Ronesa. Water is life!