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Mercy Corps' emergency response team in northeastern Kenya delivered clean water to nearly 200,000 people by late August. In addition to trucking fresh water to places that have no natural supply, the team worked to restore broken water systems, add infrastructure like pump houses and storage tanks, and build more capacity. They also helped families obtain water for their herds, an important part of combatting the growing famine in the region.
Mercy Corps coordinated these efforts with local government officials and other humanitarian organizations.
"Our team is also working hard to tackle Wajir County's other short- and long-term needs: food, child nutrition, feed for livestock, reseeding of rangeland, environmental protection and improved agriculture. As we've learned from responses to dozens of emergencies over the last 32 years, an emergency is just the beginning of our work with vulnerable communities. We stay on to make sure that families don't only survive crisis, but emerge stronger and more resilient," said Roger Burks in his blog at the Mercy Corps website.
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