Kenya drought 2018
After a series of failed rains over consecutive years, millions of animals in Turkana, north-west Kenya, were close to starvation.
The nomadic tribespeople of the region are pastoralists, relying totally on large herds of cattle, donkeys and camels to survive against the odds in this expansive desert environment.
SPANA has been working in Turkana for over a decade, supporting local organisations and improving water access for those animals at greatest risk.
In 2018, SPANA funded the construction of a 110-metre-deep solar-powered borehole, to get help to animals now and for many years to come. The borehole became operational in September, with two animal troughs and a water kiosk supplying 4,200 people and 15,076 donkeys, camels and livestock from four nearby villages.
With clean water now flowing freely, animals and people no longer need to travel long distances to collect dirty water. The community reports that animal health has improved, with fewer miles covered in search of water, better control of disease and a reduction in the number of animal thefts.