Kenya is facing the worst drought in 40 years
When the classes resume next month, over 3.5 million Kenyan children will not be able to enroll in schools due to drought, the international humanitarian aid group ‘Save the Children has said.
A survey conducted by the ‘Save the Children’ has also warned that as drought – which Kenya says is the worst it has witnessed in 40 years – worsens, more and more school-age children are being forced out of school by a drought.
“Children are the most vulnerable groups and are usually the most affected in such emergencies. Parents have to migrate with their children in search of food, pasture, and water for their livestock,” Yvonne Arunga, the country director for Save the Children Kenya and Madagascar said. ” This compromises their access to basic facilities such as food, clean water, healthcare, and education.”
The statement further said, “We are calling on the government to make every effort to ensure maximized and efficient running of school feeding programs during drought situations, especially in the areas worst affected by drought. Most of these children depend on these meals.”
According to the 2022 Long Rains Assessment, October to December projection period report for Arid and Semi-Arid Land region points that 4.35 million people in Kenya are facing high levels of acute food insecurity.