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WAJIR, KENYA, December 20, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, is mobilizing drought relief efforts in affected communities in Kenya which include provision of potable water tankers and maintenance of existing sub-city wells.
Fifty tankers are providing 1 million liters of potable water per month to five settlements in Kenya, benefitting approximately 3,500 residents. Water will be made accessible to livestock, a major source of livelihood that has been impacted by drought conditions in the region. Ten sub-city wells will also be maintained to ensure adequate supply to city residents.
Mitigating the water emergency in East Africa has been a priority in the region, said Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal.
“Without access to water, many things start to rapidly deteriorate,” Sohail said. “Disease is spread more easily, malnutrition in young children rises, and the health of the community as a whole is impacted when crops and animals fail to thrive. These water tankers are crucial right now.”
Countries in East Africa have been facing the worst drought in recent times, with an estimated 2.4 million people impacted in Kenya alone, according to the UN. The current drought has extended since December of 2020, the longest stretch in decades.
In addition to drought relief efforts in Kenya and Somalia, Baitulmaal digs wells, provides food, and promotes back to school efforts in East Africa. To learn more about or contribute to these efforts, visit Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Texas, the charity has domestic offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
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