Copper wire, wood base. I created this piece in late 2008. For this work, I aimed to convey both the industrial heaviness of an airplane, but also the cloudlike floating quality you feel when you’re in one.
An exhibition about the different representations of the ocean throughout time, between the sixteenth and the twentieth century. Taking place in our Open Room in Floor 2.
The majority of the people living in Marsabit practice pastoralism (livestock herding of cattle, sheep, goats, and camels) as their main source of livelihood. Drought has particularly affected pastoral communities as it has caused pasture and water sources to dry up, resulting in massive livestock deaths within the year and a lower output from remaining livestock. By mid-2022, the lack of water and pasture had killed 273,000 livestock and the trend continued until the end of the year as the drought situation continued to worsen. Women, girls and children were the one mostly hit by the compounding vulnerabilities from the drought and this was imminent by the high number of children reported to drop out of school due to the impact of the drought.
Within the year the National Drought Management Agency (NDMA) classified Marsabit county in the Alarm phase of drought with more than half of the population facing acute food insecurity as a result of drought conditions. It was within the same year that the County experienced the fifth consecutive below-average rainy season in the county, hence rising humanitarian needs with the growing impact of drought. Food insecurity continued to worsen as a result of poor rainfall, lower crop and livestock production, and food inflation resulting from the combined impact of conflict in Ukraine and below-average crop production. The priority for the food-insecure people in all the Sub-Counties was immediate food and cash assistance as well as livelihood support through the commercial purchase and slaughter of livestock, veterinary services for livestock, the provision of livestock feeds, conservation the rehabilitation of water points and water trucking services to save lives for both the community members and the livestock.
Based on the competing priorities among the community members, Caritas Marsabit through support from our donors and well-wishers was able to implement 8 Emergency Projects within Marsabit County aimed at addressing the pressing needs for the purpose of saving both human and livestock lives. These projects majorly focused on food and water accessibility as well supporting learners with food for fees.
Among the key achievements for the year 2022 under this department include: