Saturday, 10 September 2011

Just arrived in Kenya

I've just arrived in Nairobi to do some work with Maji-Tech Engineering, a Tanzanian drilling company, who are working with the UN to create partnerships that drill, pump and manage wells on the Kenyan-Somalian Border. Tragically, the UN have warned that as many as 750,000 people could die as a result of the drought within the next four months.

It can be forgotten however that the situation for Kenyans living near Somalia is often as perilous as for the refugees coming over the border.

I've joined a colleague who flew out earlier in the week and is building partnerships with other organisations that can pump water for the wells and manage the wells in the medium term. I'll be out in Kenya for a week, six days in Nairobi and an overnight stay in Garissa. I'm looking forward to helping build some inter-agency relationships that can help tackle the desperate situation on the ground.

On the way from the airport to the hotel I saw a giraffe but sadly it was raining and not like the photo above - I've clearly brought the British weather with me!

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