Natural Resources & Disaster Management
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
FSK is currently working in various counties, i.e. Baringo, Laikipia, Narok, and the greater Nakuru, where we have been on the forefront of building and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to respond to and mitigate natural disasters by applying the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) approach to implement projects where we do not just provide participatory humanitarian aid to the communities to ensure that the lives, dignity and well-being of the affected communities are protected but also build capacity of the communities through sustainable DRR projects communities’ capacity to effectively respond to other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to, disaster preparedness and early warning systems training, community sensitization and training to increase awareness of climate change risk & vulnerabilities, efficient water resources management training, focus group discussions, relevant & efficient farming systems training (including on dry land and conservation agriculture), as well as knowledge transfer to FSK and beneficiary communities and implementing partners on lessons learned.
Participatory DRR planning ensures that our projects are relevant, timely and address diverse community needs based on inclusive and comprehensive needs assessment; this further involves resource mobilization from donors and partners for subsequent projects that help build the communities’ resilience. To ensure sustainability of the projects, FSK also conducts natural resources mapping and impact assessments to ensure that the implemented projects do not interfere with the fragile ecosystems. We also ensure that gender mainstreaming is incorporated in DRR project design so that women, who are usually the most vulnerable, get to benefit from the interventions.
FSK works with various partners, including the national and county governments and other humanitarian organizations, to respond to emergency disasters where we take emergency measures such as community-identified cash-for-work (CFW) projects targeting both conditional and unconditional beneficiaries to help the communities in early recovery, and water trucking using bowsers to drought-stricken communities. These projects have served to save lives in various emergencies which would otherwise have been lost, as attested by one beneficiary, Faith Kapkomor, who said of the drought emergency project intervention in Mondi, East Pokot in June – July 2017, “Huu mradi umeokoa maisha ya watu wetu kwa sababu watu walikuwa washaanza kufa njaa. Tulikuwa tunakula matunda ya msituni kwa sababu hatukuwa na chakula na mifugo walikufa…ng’ombe karibu mia moja na mbuzi zaidi ya hamsini kwa familia yetu. Hiyo matunda ndiyo pia tulikuwa tunachemsha alafu tunapatia watoto kula kwa sababu hali ilikuwa mbaya sana (This project has saved the lives of our people because people had already started dying of hunger. We were eating wild fruits because we did not have food and our livestock died…about 100 cows and more than 50 goats, just in our family. That is also what we were boiling then feeding to our children because our situation was desperate)”.