Makueni El Nino Response Project (MERP)
The proposed project aims at strengthening the capacity of the flood affected households in building their well-being and adaptive capacity to the prevailing climate related natural disasters. The target households will be supported with a multipurpose cash transfer to enable them access essential health, food, education, water sanitation and hygiene services. According to IFRC Kenya Emergency Appeal MDRKE058, the current floods may increase likelihood of cholera outbreak, mental health issues, loss of livelihoods, post-harvest losses and food security issues. The response will integrate hygiene and sanitation awareness to the affected community members. The approach will bring a greater choice and dignity of the project participants to better meet their needs in a better and efficient way on their pathway to recovery and increasing their resilience. The project aligns to the constitution of Kenya, Article 43(1)c, National emergency response, core humanitarian standards, ADSE humanitarian response strategy and Makueni County appeal for emergency response.
Based on the joint market monitoring for quarter four 2023 by the Kenya cash working group, the MEB for Makueni County is KES. 17,524. Due to the situation on the ground and the presence of other actors, the response will be 50% of the MEB for the households to their basic needs and minimum living standards without resorting to negative coping strategies or compromising their health, dignity, and essential livelihood assets. The county steering group led by National Drought Management Authority and County government of Makueni El Nino appeal, the affected households ought to be supported with multipurpose cash to meet other households demands as they leverage on other partners for continuous support