No Longer Living At The 'Mercy of the Rain'
REGAL-IR with the support of USAID and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) have constructed Dakane underground water tank to improve water access and storage for the local communities, in so doing reducing loss of livestock due to prolonged drought periods.
People Power! Chumvi Yerre Community Working On Solutions for Success
Since early 2014, REGAL-IR has partnered with the local leadership of Chumvi Yerre Village in Isiolo County, by facilitating a simple, Participatory Learning Planning Action (PLPA) process. This process inspires communities to discover core values, and act to achieve their dreams with aspirations. The result? They become more than they ever thought they could be, achieving the life they deserve.
International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples around the world.
Cultivating Good Nutrition in the First 1000 Days
Angela Lokinei, 32-year-old mother of six could never imagine in her wildest dreams that one day she would be able to pick green vegetables just outside her door.
Hero REGAL-IR driver rescues passengers from marooned vehicle in Bulesa Village, Isiolo County
This story is about ordinary people who quietly go about doing extraordinarily good deeds in a bid to make other people’s lives a little brighter.
Bidii Self Help Group transforming sleepy town in Garissa County
Bidii Education Self Help Group in Kaza Moyo Village in Garissa County, has successfully created a diverse portfolio of activities, geared towards sustainability and in the long run, improve resilience in the face of adverse trends or sudden shocks.
Launch of a Boat Making Hub, a First in Turkana County
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” And that is just what 33 year old Andrew Nawato and his colleagues (7 men and 2 women), the pioneer class of fiber glass boat makers in Kalokol Ward, Turkana County discovered.
Water is life: Katapakin Community speak up!
PRIORITIZE the delivery of clean water services to our waterless community. This is the main call of the Kerio Community Development Committee (CDC), a grassroots structure organized in cooperation with REGAL-IR in Kerio Ward, Turkana County.
Camel Milk Value Addition Boosts Livestock Keepers Income in Garissa County
Camel Milk producers In Garissa County have a reason now to smile, thanks to Towfiq camel milk self -Help Group who have embraced camel milk value addition.
Women Slicing Through the Meat Market, Wajir County
The Abshir Vicoba butchery was opened in February 2015. The women purchased the roof of an old Land Rover vehicle for Ksh. 5,000 (USD 50) in Wajir town which they added to the structure to give it an edge.
Chicken are new employers in Isiolo town
Imagine coming home every day to find your children aged 25 and 23 years old, unemployed, dis illusioned and sitting in the yard with nothing to do due to rampant unemployment. This is the plight of Seynab Abdillahi Ali Yarow, a 52 year old mother of 2 children who hold college diplomas in Burat Ward, Isiolo County.
Empowered by Embroidery: Robe Dibo’s story
Robe Dibo, 45 and a mother of 6, runs a small embroidery business in Elgade Sub location, Marsabit County.
Combining humanitarian relief with resilience building activities in Garissa – Isnino’s story
To shed light on the impact of our interrelated interventions, we travelled to Abaqdera Location in Garissa County to check in with Isinino Barre, a REGAL-IR beneficiary whose story we featured in June 2014.
Rice is the new money maker in Jarajara, Garissa County
Sitting next to a wooden structure nestled among bushy palm trees of Jarajara, Garissa County, Hassan Yunis, 70, deeps his hand in a basket full of rice, scoops some and carefully examines it to check if it has husks.
Elixir of the Desert – Meeting demand for camel milk in Garissa County
For centuries, raw camel milk has served as a traditional curative among pastoralist communities. Its exceptional nutritional value is said to be similar in composition to human breast milk.
Mawazo Bora Self-Help Group Catalyst for Resilience in Isiolo
31 year old Madina Wario, a mother of 4 and the chairlady of the Mawazo Bora Self-Help group, informs us that prolonged drought in recent years has threatened the livelihoods of many residents in the area who, as pastoralists, depend on livestock and natural sources of water for their survival.
A Change-Breaking Tradition to Improve Child Nutrition
Until recently, it would have been inconceivable for 45-year-old Abass Bakay Mohamed – with two wives and eleven children – to imagine that he would one day engage in feeding practices for his young children. -
How We Are Building Resilience in Eastern Africa
Among the key challenges faced in the East African region include drought, hunger combined with the vulnerabilities of the local communities.f
Empowering Women for Entrepreneur Development, VICOBA Self Help Groups in Wajir County
28th July 2015, Sharma Sheikh Hotel, Wajir County was the venue where representatives from 15 women groups, representing 450 women, patiently waited to receive their start up grants from the USAID funded Resilience and Economic Growth in arid lands – Improving Resilience in Kenya (REGAL-IR).
Enhancing resiliency to drought in Marsabit County, Kenya
In the sub-locations of Kambinye and Kargi in Marsabit County, the 2011 drought adversely affected vulnerable communities living in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-arid lands.
REGAL-IR joins in Celebrating Turkana Culture in Style
27th-30th of August 2015 at Ekalees Center in Lodwar, the Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival, christened “Tobong’u Lore, 2015” was held under the refrain, “Welcome Back Home.”
Caring for livestock across the northern frontier
REGAL-IR largely works in arid and semi-arid lands, receiving an average annual rainfall of 600mm. These communities are mainly pastoralists, keeping cattle, sheep, goats, camels and donkeys. The importance of livestock to the ASAL communities go beyond economic values, their survival, lifestyle, livelihoods and cultural rituals all depend on the livestockREGAL-IR largely works in arid and semi-arid lands, receiving an average annual rainfall of 600mm. These communities are mainly pastoralists, keeping cattle, sheep, goats, camels and donkeys. The importance of livestock to the ASAL communities go beyond economic values, their survival, lifestyle, livelihoods and cultural rituals all depend on the livestock.
REGAL-IR Vocational trainee graduation ceremony
More than thirty students from Isiolo County received a certificate after completing a three-month vocational training course at St. Joseph Polytechnic.