I learned that ActionAid has been working with this community for a number of years – building their capacity to withstand the shocks of natural disasters like drought. This involves an asset for food project that enables poor members of the community to build infrastructure like roads in exchange of food rations. Another one required the community to prepare gardens where they grow food crops when the rain comes.
ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) is implementing the Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid- Hosting Organisation (VolinHA-HO) project since September 2015. The project is funded by European Commission under the EU Aid Volunteers (EUAV) Initiative. This is a consortium project of eight INGOs - three from Europe, two from South Asia, two from Africa and one from Latin America. The project aims at preparing future EUAV projects where humanitarian and volunteering organisations would share a common culture, where EU volunteers would fit into existing local volunteering dynamics and articulate with existing response mechanisms, especially in enhancing disaster risk reduction.
Apart from increasing capacity of local volunteers on humanitarian action, a vital objective of the project is to build the capacity of Hosting and Sending organisations to get certification from EUAV and to develop EU Aid Volunteer Deployment projects. Hence, AAB plans to conduct a scoping study aiming to identify gaps in humanitarian response preparedness at local and national level; and to identify potential area for engaging EU Aid Volunteers.
For the above mentioned purpose, ActionAid Bangladesh will be recruiting a Consultant/Consulting Firm to conduct the Scoping Study on behalf of AAB.
How We are Surviving Drought
ActionAid is distributing cereals, pulses and vegetable oil in Isiolo, Kilifi, West Pokot and Garissa counties. The food is provided to the most vulnerable families through asset creation initiative, where beneficiaries are given some kind of work that builds assets like roads for their communities.
ActionAid is actively responding to the drought disaster in Kenya through various quick interventions.
In the last two weeks, the organization delivered food to 96,000 people, most of who are in the worst affected counties.
The Government of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster in February and called on international support in order to deliver humanitarian services to 2.7 million people. ActionAid works in 10 out of the 15 most affected counties with an estimated population of 1.5 million people.