Livelihoods & Resilience

Hifadhi Africa Organization’s livelihood and resilience program is an emergency assistance initiative to mitigate against the risks of high rates of illness and death among the most vulnerable communities from poor nutrition, natural disasters, and food insecurity and help these populations to quickly bounce back from the shocks and stresses that come with it. It is programmed to create a safety net during emergencies and conflicts and guarantee improved and sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing. We help families escape the cycle of poverty and become more resilient through a range of interventions.

Successful L&R program interventions result in both economic and non-economic benefits including improved community well-being, greater income, improved access to social services such as education, water, and healthcare; reduced vulnerability to harsh climatic conditions such as prolonged droughts; improved food security and sustainable use of natural resources. The program is one of the flagships of Hifadhi Africa’s vision for sustainable economic development in Africa.

HAO’s Interventions

1. Support Communities Enhance Resilience against Environmental Threats

HAO endeavors to reduce environmental degradation in Kenya by enhancing conservation initiatives to promote raising nursery tree seedlings and planting. We facilitate school children to plant tree seedlings in water catchment and sand dam areas.

2. Support communities to access agricultural tools, seeds, and irrigation technologies

An important HAO’s progress and resiliency strategy for vulnerable communities is our introduction of off-farm income-generating schemes. HAO identifies income-generating activities that are appropriate for different communities. Engagement in off-farm income-generating schemes offers traditionally under-represented groups i.e. youth and women with new sources of income. These activities contribute to economic empowerment.

3. Offer vocational skills development for young adults with self-employment and diversified livelihood options.

HAO collaborates with TVET institutions like Nginyang Polytechnic to provide young adults practical training and work experience to be artisans, craftsmen, technicians, and technologists. HAO also provides a range of financial literacy training. We also raise awareness on available micro-finance products that exist locally and how to access them. Over years, HAO’s financial literacy has enabled our beneficiaries to better manage their finances.

4. Support vulnerable communities with goat rearing, grinding mill machines, and beekeeping for income generation.

HAO’s experience has been that whenever disaster strikes (floods, drought, and famine), hunger and malnutrition are not far behind. Prolonged drought especially in arid and semi-arid regions often destroys crops and causes food prices to skyrocket. In addition, violent conflict causes people to flee from their homes in search of safety. HAO is committed to providing emergency response and relief to slum dwellers, pastoralists, refugees, and refugee-hosting communities during such crises.

5. Climate change resiliency

HAO’s climate change adaptation strategy involves empowering beneficiary communities to manage climate risks and adjusts to changes over time. Our approach entails minimizing community exposure to climate-related hazards, minimizing their sensitivity to climate risks and changes, and enhancing adaptive capacity. Part of our awareness creation and advocacy addresses both current and projected climate risks and changes like droughts and floods in Baringo and Marsabit Counties.

Our innovative water harvesting systems such as sand dams and dam liners for example ensure resilient communities when they are combined with precision agriculture and modern-day farming practices in drylands.