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“...Do you remember when we met last time, I told you I was five months pregnant?” I pause and give a faint “yes”. “Well, I just wanted to meet with you so that you can write my story again. I am due in October, it’s just a month away. I have nothing for the baby...” said Beatrice Achungo Mbendo, a...
As governments worldwide are fighting tooth and nail against COVID-19, domestic workers like Beatrice are spending sleepless nights worrying about where their family’s next meal will come from. The pandemic has dealt a huge blow to domestic workers as their employers have taken all necessary...
Jalinga Nyakaa sitted inside at her hut.
Reverence for the elders is the one thing that you expect to find in any corner of the African continent; and such is the case of elders in the Turkana community that form a vital structure for decision making on any issues affecting the community. However, there is a gender imbalance as women are...
Photo Credit/Blandina Bobson
Black gold is such a depressing name for something considered so lucrative. A name coined for oil because of its black colour when it comes out of the ground and ‘gold’ because of the perception that it makes everyone in the oil industry rich. So much is the craze of this oil in Turkana that there...
Drought Striken Marsabit County. Photo Credit; Blandina Bobson
Through EU humanitarian support , Oxfam in Kenya and Concern worldwide have supported 1600 households in Marsabit County with the much-needed cash assistance to buy medicines and food for their livestock
Photo Credit: Benson Guantai
Urban informal settlements in Kenya host approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers representing 60% of the Nairobi population (report of the Nairobi Cross-sectional Slums Survey (NCSS) 2012. Nairobi: APHRC). The slums are characterized by poor infrastructure, crowded tin and wood shanties, poor...
Wato Gura, beneficiary of the EU funded Resilience Consortium. Photo Credit: Blandina Bobson/Oxfam
"The Consortium intervention came at the right time as she and her family had little to eat, and the little they had was running out fast, the water sources had dried up and the milking herd had to join with the satellite herd in the mountains where there is some pasture left" Wato Gura, 70,...
Halima Hassan Adan in her shop in Ajawa, Wajir County. Photo credit: Joyce Kabue
“Haa” (Yes in Somali), “I am able to provide food for my family, pay school fees and save some of the money with Equity bank. I want to expand my business with the profit I make”. Says Halima