PROMOTING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
When the water ends
As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border increasingly are coming into conflict with each other. This is a reality which the people we work with face every day. Now a Yale Environment 360 video report from East Africa has been produced, focussing on this phenomenon - one which climate scientists say will be more and more common in the 21st century, with worsening drought pitting groups - and nations - against one another.
This video explains some of the reasons for the drought and conflict that are common themes in our newsletters and why it is much of what our support is aimed at alleviating. You can see some of our work to make sustainable water resources in our Water for Turkana video
As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border increasingly are coming into conflict with each other. When the Water Ends focuses on how worsening drought will pit groups and nations against one another. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/clients/when-the-water-ends-for-yale360
Water for Turkana
Possibly the most important issue facing the people in the semi-arid lands of northern Kenya is access to fresh, clean water. Despite the fact that a large body of fresh water, Lake Turkana, sits in the middle of the region, the lake has no outlet to the sea and is so saline that it is not drinkable.
Drought affects the region and when water is scarce grazing, animals and ultimately people, die. This situation is set to get worse in the next decade; see When the Water Ends.
New Ways partners in Kenya, the MCSPA, have been building water resources in the region for many years and one of our main priorities is to fund these projects. Please help us to continue to support these
projects by donating.
25 Years of the MCSPA
New Ways development partner in Turkana, the MCSPA, has in 2012 achieved the milestone of 25 years of working the region. As part of the celebrations they have made this video which documents the history of the community since its foundation.
Todonyang School Choir
Todonyang is in a remote part of northern Kenya close to the border with Ethiopia. When children at the local school saw a video of Every Breath you Take by the Police they decided to do their own version.
Todonyang School was set up by Father Steven Ochieng with support from New Ways to educate the local children but also with the aim of fostering greater understanding between the communities on either side of the border where in recent years conflict has claimed over a hundred lives. The school is the first to accept students from both communities.
There are currently 60 students at the school and many more on the waiting list. Parents contribute what they can but it is not enough to keep their child in boarding school with all that entails during term time. Additional dormitories and classrooms are needed to accommodate the raising demand. It costs £23 a month to educate a child at the school. In addition education materials for the year are £20 per child and uniforms are £20 per child. The overall budget including the cost of the teaching staff to educate 60 children is £33,000 and we are hoping to raise a further £76,000 to expand the school.
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