Summary statement :
Islamic Relief's work in Kenya is focused in the north eastern region of the country - largely inhabited by nomadic pastoralists and beset by recurrent drought, flash floods and inter-clan conflict. Marginalised for decades, the general infrastructure and health and education facilities are poor. We work in the three counties bordering Somalia and Ethiopia - Wajir, Mandera and Garissa, the latter home to Dadaab refugee camp, the second largest refugee camp in the world. Islamic Relief is providing emergency food and water supplies and drilling and rehabilitating strategic boreholes in the most critically affected areas. To try and address the conflicts we are bringing conflicting parties together in the management of a borehole project to ensure a fair and equal access to the valuable resource of water for both people and animals. We are helping pastoralists to diversify into agro-pastoralism, using solar irrigation technology to produce high value fruits and vegetables in Mandera. We are also helping marginalised people, especially women, to improve their livelihoods by training them to run small businesses and encouraging them to demand their rights and services from the government. Islamic Relief began working in Kenya in 1993 by providing support to orphans. Today, we are supporting over 2,800 orphans by providing their guardians with an interest-free loan to support their small businesses. The profits are then used to pay for school fees, food, health care and other essential costs for the family.