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Samburu School Water Appeal

Hello, we are urgently issuing this appeal for donations to replenish Samburu Mixed Day Secondary School in Maralal with water supply.

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Kenya, like much of the rest of the Horn of Africa, is in the grips of a severe,
long-term drought. On February 10, 2017, the Government declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of the 47 counties affected and in need of humanitarian assistance.

For the third consecutive season, rainfall in the region has fallen far below average and increased in unpredictability. Surface water sources have dried up and yields are declining across livelihood zones, leading to increased trekking distance for both household and livestock to find water. Thirty percent of rural water points are now dry. Food production in many parts of the country has collapsed, as pastoralists and farmers dependent on rainfed-agriculture have lost their herds, crops and livestock.

By April, across Kenya, an estimated 2.6 million Kenyans were acutely food insecure, up from 640,000 in February when the emergency was declared. Close to 175,000 children are not attending early pre-primary and primary schools, primarily due to the drought's impacts. Children whose families need them as extra forms of income and support are being pulled out of schools, often their primary source of food, water, sanitation and social support.

Among the hardest hit counties is Samburu, in Northern Kenya. Already by the end of February, livestock deaths due to starvation had been reported in parts of Samburu County.

We support efforts both large and small to assist communities in desperate need. You too can help.

At the Samburu Mixed Day Secondary School, in Maralal, the county seat, there is no water supply available for the school's 300 pupils. Lift Up Africa, an American charity, has donated funds to the school to keep it operating until the end of May. Unless more help is received quickly, the school will be unable to remain open after May due to a lack of water.

The immediate need is to raise 36,000 Kenyan Shillings to supply water for the current term. The longer-term solution is to build a water storage and supply system for the school children of Maralal.

We are a group of individuals working for UN Environment, former UN interns and private citizens living in Kenya, who are urgently issuing this private appeal for donations, large or small, to replenish Samburu School's water supply and connect the School to the nearest borehole (well), a mere 600 metres distant.

The funds we raise will also be used to purchase and install a 10,000 litre water tank at the School. The tank should last up to 25 years.

With materials and labour, the project is estimated to cost 254,000 Kenyan Shillings or US$2,500. The school has received support from Samburu County Government, and our fundraising target is 150,000 Kenyan Shillings or US$1,500 to purchase a water storage tank, guttering and water consignment.

Last March, the United Nations and humanitarian partners issued a
Flash Appeal calling for US$166 million in immediate relief to address the consequences of drought in northern Kenya. Yet as of April, only US$30 million had been raised.

While long-term solutions are needed to address the climate-induced crisis spanning East Africa, assisting the Samburu Mixed Day Secondary School in Maralal is one concrete way you can help today.

Nairobi, Kenya
May 1, 2017

Lis Mullin Bernhardt, Nairobi

Jana Hajduchová, Nairobi
Dennis Kopon, Nairobi
Rhodia Mann, Nairobi
Criswel Mparru, Narok, Kenya
Michael Stanley-Jones, Nairobi

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