The primary source of income for most people in Mandera is their livestock. However, their flocks were decimated by years of extended droughts. While the men of the family would be away for months seeking pastures and water for their animals, mothers would stay home with their children. Food was scarce and many meals were missed.
In the initial phase of our response to the drought, ADRA Canada partnered with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to provide food vouchers to families. The families were able to redeem the vouchers at local shops to buy the food they needed.
As the drought continued, ADRA knew a more sustainable solution was needed.
During the second phase ADRA began teaching families how to grow their own food. Traditionally pastoralists, many did not believe that agriculture was possible in their semi-arid location. However, with the proper tools, seeds, and training, they were soon planting kitchen gardens and improving the soil’s fertility.