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  • Kenya Red Cross Society KRCS
    South C, Red Cross Road, Off Popo Road, P.O. Box 40712
    35059-00200 Nairobi
    Kenya

    Email: info@kenyaredcross.org
    Phone: +254 20 603593
    Website: https://www.kenyaredcross.org/

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Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

Non-Governmental Organization

https://www.kenyaredcross.org/

Our vision is to be the most effective, most trusted and self-sustaining humanitarian organisation in Kenya. Our mission is to work with vigor and compassion through our networks and with communities to prevent and alleviate human suffering and save lives of the most vulnerable.

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Mission

Our vision is to be the most effective, most trusted and self-sustaining humanitarian organisation in Kenya.
Our mission is to work with vigor and compassion through our networks and with communities to prevent and alleviate human suffering and save lives of the most vulnerable.

Disaster Reduction Goal

Disaster Risk Reduction /Climate Change Adaptation

The Society’s DRR/CCA Strategy for 2012 will contribute to community safety and resilience to disasters through a strengthened capacity of communities to cope with the impacts. The ultimate impact of this approach is geared towards savinglives (Hyogo framework, 2005-2015). In collaboration with theGovernment of Kenya (GoK), KRCS has prioritised DRR and DisasterMitigation as a key strategy for achieving its long-term strategicobjective (Tugure, 2010). Formulation of the National DisasterPolicy has gone further to strengthen the link between disastersand development, by creating a platform for advocacy with theGoK to provide for the right to development for communitiesin disaster prone areas (National Disaster Management Policy,2007).There is a global realisation that preparing for and coping withdisasters is essential but is not entirely sufficient. DRR is highlycost-effective. One US dollar invested in DRR saves four USdollars used in response and recovery efforts (UNISDR, 2005). TheNational disaster profile for Kenya identifies floods and droughtsas the main disaster affecting the country (UNDP 2004) .During 2011, KRCS supported enhanced application of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) principles in disaster management by providing assistance and training to community groups through Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments and drafting community risk reduction plans (Int.Federation VCA toolbox, 2007). Through the support of the Danish Red Cross, KRCS implemented Pilot DRR projects in Nyando Basin,Nairobi and Machakos.In 2012, KRCS will focus on a holistic DRR programming thatcombines hazard-specific and multi-hazard approaches. Priorityfocus areas for DRR and climate change adaptation will include Drought Risk Reduction Programmes, Floods Risk Reduction Programmes and Urban slums Risk Reduction Programmes.
The Society’s DRR/CCA Strategy for 2012 will contribute to community safety and resilience to disasters through a strengthened capacity of communities to cope with the impacts. The ultimate impact of this approach is geared towards saving lives (Hyogo framework, 2005-2015). In collaboration with the Government of Kenya (GoK), KRCS has prioritized DRR and Disaster Mitigation as a key strategy for achieving its long-term strategic objective (Tugure, 2010). Formulation of the National Disaster Policy has gone further to strengthen the link between disasters and development, by creating a platform for advocacy with the GoK to provide for the right to development for communities in disaster prone areas (National Disaster Management Policy, 2007).

Policies and Programmes in DRR

There is a global realisation that preparing for and coping with disasters is essential but is not entirely sufficient. DRR is highly cost-effective. One US dollar invested in DRR saves four USdollars used in response and recovery efforts (UNISDR, 2005). The National disaster profile for Kenya identifies floods and droughts as the main disaster affecting the country (UNDP 2004) .
During 2011, KRCS supported enhanced application of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) principlesin disaster management by providing assistance and training to community groups through Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments and drafting community risk reduction plans (Int.Federation VCA toolbox, 2007). Through the support of the Danish Red Cross, KRCS implemented Pilot DRR projects in Nyando Basin,Nairobi and Machakos.
In 2012, KRCS will focus on a holistic DRR programming that combines hazard-specific and multi-hazard approaches. Priorityfocus areas for DRR and climate change adaptation will include Drought Risk Reduction Programmes, Floods Risk Reduction Programmes and Urban slums Risk Reduction Programmes.
(i) Food Security and Livelihoods: KRCS Food Security Strategy for 2012 seeks to increase community resilience to disasters through strengthening/protecting livelihoods. The frequency of hazards has culminated to increasing levels of poverty and increased vulnerability, which are beyond the scope of short-term emergency responses. The most recent drought emergency was experienced in 2010/2011 leaving 3.7 Million people in need of food assistance (KFSSG Long Rains Assessment, 2011). The KRCS Food Security programme is thus an extension of the Risk Reduction Approach. The strategy was designed to guide KRCS activities that support households and communities to adapt to changing climatic and economic conditions affecting food security.
KRCS has successfully implemented pilot food security and livelihood projects, while focusing on empowering farmers through trainings, distribution of seeds, seedlings, farm inputs and irrigation pumps. KRCS has also distributed and installed a total of 260 greenhouses in schools and community groups that have shown immediate return on investments enabling schools /communities improve their diets and increase income. Farming has been introduced as an alternative livelihood in areas with increased pastoralist dropouts due to climate fluctuations with an aim of reducing people receiving food aid.
In 2012, KRCS plans to scale up Food Security and livelihood projects in mainly the ASAL region with a focus on Turkana, Tana River, Garissa, Mwingi, Yatta, Magarini, Ijara, Wajir , Mandera , Moyale and Marsabit. The projects will assist some 350,000 beneficiaries in the targeted areas through increasing land under irrigated agriculture, modern agricultural technologies such as the greenhouse that utilises drip irrigation, training of farmer groups and support in marketing. The programme will also look into support of water infrastructure to enhance dry land farming.
(ii) Early Recovery: Due to the Drought experienced in 2010, people in need of food assistance have increased. KRCS will continue to conduct Relief and Recovery operations under the PRRO (WFP) in 2012. Operations will cover General food distribution (Kwale, Garissa, Ijara), Cash for Assets (Kwale , Malindi ), Unconditional cash transfers (Koibatek , Lamu, Machakos) and Food for Assets (Kwale, Malindi ,Kibwezi , Tana River and Garissa). KRCS will also be engaged in unconditional cash transfers in Turkana, Garissa, Isiolo, samburu and Marsabit. The projects are geared towards improving nutritional status, injecting cash in the economy and improving on community assets in order to contribute to reduction of vulnerability to disasters.

Membership in Key Networks

Government of Kenya
UN
Private Sector
Communities

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)

Advocacy for disaster policies to be enacted
awareness campaigns on prevalent hazards
establishing forums to address prevailing hazards

Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)

initiating early warning and earlyaction in our vulnerable communities
conducting vulnerability capacity assessements

Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)

trainings and capacity building of communities and key stakeholders
conduct emergency drills
awarenes creation through campaigns
prepare and share documentaries
conduct public dissemination sessions on prevalent hazards

Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)

supporting community action plans
creating awareness on risks
developing safety manuals

Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)

trainings
prepositioning of relief
establishing community based disaster response units and teams
equiping disaster response teams with necesary response gear

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  • Conferences:  - 5th AFRP
     - UNISDR Science and Technology Conference
     - 2017 Global Platform
     - 6th AFRP and 5th High-Level Meeting on DRR
     - AMCDRR 2016
     - 2019 Global Platform

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