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Integrated Water Resource Management

Climate Change Adaptation Modality (CCAM) - Gravity Flow Irrigation - Kamaguna Village

The program aims to empower communities in Tharaka Nithi County to adopt adaptive practices and enable IAS Kenya to establish a long-term partnership with the government and other stakeholders on Climate Change Adaption. The program aims to increase the self-sufficiency and food security of farmers and build capacity of IAS Kenya and its partners to play a vital role in future climate change adaptation efforts.

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Strengthening Community resilience against climatic shocks and stresses among vulnerable communities in Tharaka Nithi North and South Sub Counties. Case - Gankamba Earth Dam

The project, initiated in July 2020, endeavors to enhance community resilience against climatic shocks and stresses among vulnerable populations in Tharaka Nithi North and South Sub Counties.

The overarching goal of the program is to achieve a robust local capacity to combat hunger, diseases, and extreme poverty through a holistic community systems approach to building resilience in Tharaka Nithi County.

Facts and Figures: 150 households served with water, 9600m3 volume recovered after desilting

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Sustainable School Feeding Program. Case- Plate for Plate School Feeding - Kaongoni Primary School

IAS Kenya's Sustainable School Feeding Program stands as a cornerstone of positive impact, enriching the lives of schoolchildren in 15 schools in Tharaka Nithi County. By delivering nutritious meals, immediate hunger concerns are addressed, cultivating an environment conducive for optimal learning. IAS K goes beyond nourishment, extending its reach by providing essential training to schools in food production in a bid to foster self-sufficiency. This holistic approach ensures not only the well-being of the students but also contributes to achieving food security.

Facts and Figures: IAS K Installed Stoves that conserve energy, and can cook meals for over 300 learners in record time

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Gatunga Primary School - School feeding and Supply of personal Effects

Ann Mbabu narrates her appreciation to the IAS K team for supporting the school feeding programme, and supply of personal effects for the young boys.

The root cause of school non-attendance was discovered to be lack of food and personal effects, IAS K supported by well-wishers extended their support to provide these help to the needy children. This was a once off exercise that was extended to the school children upon learning their predicament. With more help, we can directly support more children stay in school

Facts and Figures: Donated food supplies and personal effects to last 3 months. There is an opportunity to support further

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School water Supply -Nkomaru Primary School

Nkomaru primary school has been facing water shortage challenges affecting their ability to run the school.

With support from the Japan Embassy, IAS K has implemented a sustainable water harvesting system and supply to the school from a seasonal river. The grand launch was graced by the envoy from Japan, who cited their support was to ensure the school children get clean water to avert hygine challenges and other public health issues that are caused by lack of water.

Facts and Figures: Serve a target of 10,000 school children with water, harness water from the seasonal rivers

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Amkeni Wakenya -Human Rights Advocacy programme at Kakuyuni Malindi

IAS Kenya (IAS K) is committed to building the capacity of local organizations and organized communities, enabling them to become advocates for their rights. This is especially crucial in the context of strengthening their participation in humanitarian interventions, poverty reduction, and sustainable development initiatives. The Amkeni Wakenya Program, funded by UNDP Kenya with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, is a program undertaken by IAS K to empower marginalized groups in Kilifi County, Kenya. By 2025, the project aims to witness tangible improvements in the lives of the community members, ensuring a more just and equitable society. The project is currently being implemented in the Ganda, Jilore, and Kakuyuni wards in Malindi, Kilifi County, where IAS K has been actively engaged in a series of program activities.e

Facts and Figures: Communities sensitized on how to seek justice

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Weru TV caption on IAS K Work

Media Highlight of IAS training activities in Tharaka Nithi County , for farmers and partners on methods of harvesting rain, preparing water pans and sustainable farming

Facts and Figures:Farmers trained on sustainable crop farming

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Kereria Primary School Feeding programme

Equipping the local farmers, increases their stance in earning a living and supplying the schools nearby with food items.

IAS Supported Kereria primary school to establish and maintain a school feeding programme, this has since the number of children attending school increase from 100 to over 2020-2024 as stated by the head teacher.

Facts and Figures:Learners attending school increased from 100 to over 200 for over a period of 2 years after feeding programme was established

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Kakuyuni Kiriro na Mwenye SHG is a group

Kakuyuni Kiriro na Mwenye SHG is a group registered in 2011, located in Kakuyuni ward, Malindi Sub-County, Kilifi County engaging in farming and business activities. The group was dormant for sonme time, many members left due to lack of knowledge. The group got revived in 2021 with majority being new members and only 6 remained from the previous group engaging themselves in Village Saving and Loans Association (VSLA). Before the Amkeni Wakenya Project, the group was not engaged in any income generating activity apart from VSLA. At the end of every year, they would share all their savings and start afresh the following year with no investments. After the training by IAS K, they resolved not to share all the savings amongst themselves at the end of the year but instead made investments. The group bought chairs and tent for hire, engages in the sale of tobacco from Tanzania on wholesale and retail business. In early 2024, the group bought a piece of land which they plan to build a structure for their meetings as well as hiring some spaces as part of their diversified income. The group can be identified with their beautiful uniform as a sign of growth the unity.

The goup has since supported young people in their community to start their own group, and they are being mentored on a weekly basis. They were recently contacted by another agency who trained them on simple book keeping of their accounts. The group went ahead and desighend their own logo for easy identification.

Facts and Figures: By year 2024, the group has 25 members who include both men and women


Tharaka Nithi County is characterized by a high rate of poverty, which stands at 40 percent in the rural areas. The high incidence of poverty can be attributed to unreliable rainfall; poor crop and animal husbandry practices; poor infrastructure; inaccessibility to credit facilities; poor marketing systems; natural disasters like frequent droughts, floods, and livestock and crop diseases; wildlife menace; and environmental degradation. The County has scarce water resources, hence classified as a water-scarce region with less than 650m3 of freshwater per capita. The resource availability is highly variable both temporally and spatially with droughts occurring frequently with disastrous impacts on the local economy (Wambongo 2013). To enhance climate change adaptation in Tharaka community, International Aid Services Kenya (IAS K) through the Climate Change Adaptation Modalities (CCAM) project successfully trained 116 lead farmers (47M & 69F) in various agronomic and livestock production practices, including organic farming, Zai pits, bio-pesticides, crop rotation, crop diversification, water and soil management, climate-smart agriculture, livestock and fodder production, and agribusiness.

Mr. John Kamau, aged 40, is one of the lead farmers from Twanthanju Village, in Tharaka North Sub-County, trained by IAS K through the CCAM project. The project trained him as a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) and lead farmer through which he acquired knowledge on climate smart agriculture, improved agronomic practices and dryland farming. Initially, he relied on destructive farming methods like clearing and burning of bushes, lack of crop diversification, and less use of organic manure, which gave him less yield. He had no idea about the value of kitchen gardening hence spent more on purchasing vegetables from the market. The training he acquired on improved agricultural practices, and the exchange visit that he was supported by IAS K to attend at Christian Impact Mission in Yatta, Machakos County, changed his mind-set to apply kitchen gardening as well as other best agricultural practices at home. With the same knowledge, he trains other farmers in the community, and is applying the same knowledge and practices on his farm.

In appreciation he commented; “I am proud to say that International Aid Services Kenya has empowered me with great knowledge on climate change adaptation and improved methods of agriculture and livestock production. My kitchen garden is feeding my family and sometimes we sell the vegetables and use the money to purchase proteins like beans beef and fish. I am indeed grateful to IAS Kenya for giving me adequate training and mentoring me as a trainer of trainers.”

In a resolve to ensure the knowledge he acquired is beneficial to many, he trained all his colleagues in Ntabuta Self Help Group and has made sure that all of them have initiated kitchen gardens in their respective homes. Being a TOT has also elevated him to recognition in the community, with his training skills in regenerative agriculture sought for by other farmers in the community.

Facts and Figures: 47 Lead farmers trained



“When the short rains season of October-December2023 came and my water pan was filled with water, I was over whelmed after 3 years of suffering from drought, something that made me start developing my future food security plan” Gacioka, farmer

Gacioka, a middle aged lady who did not get formal education due to ignorance of her father towards girl child education lives in Kamwathu, (as the name refer to a place of hot sun) one of the driest part of Tharaka North sub county in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. She lives with her husband, three children, 8 years, 5 years and 1year old and an aged mother in-law. The area in which she lives receive inadequate rainfall that is characterized by prolonged drought which have contributed to poverty, disease outbreak and loss of livestock due to pasture and crop failure. She used to buy water for her livestock and other domestic purpose at a cost of 30 Kenya shillings (Ksh) and used 8 containers of 20 liters per day. Despite her efforts she lost her 5 cattle due to pasture failure and she decided to sell her remaining 9 due to their vulnerability to drought and remained only with 15 goats and 7 sheep. Fighting the water related problem was challenging her more after her 975,000 liters’ water pan that she had dug in the year 2021 with hope it will bring positive change in her life did not hold water for more than 2 weeks due to polarity of the soil. Even though, this did not limit her efforts. She joined Mukethi farmer’s self-help group, a community registered water harvesting group as a member to seek assistance of plastering her water pan to control seepage and enhance water holding capacity. Good enough, the group partners with International Aid Services Kenya –IAS K. an organization implementing a project with a plan of improving on the rain water harvesting structures which were constructed through farmer’s self- initiatives/replication with knowledge gained from the previous projects. Improving the water holding capacity of self-initiatives will enable the farmers to have water for a longer period. IAS K have been supporting water harvesting in Tharaka North since 2017 and reached 439 direct beneficiaries and more than 59 water pans have been realized.

“I could not believe that my water pan could hold water any more since the soils did not have good water holding properties but now I am gland it can hold water. This could not happen if it was not a dam liner support that I received from IAS K. I believe that I am going to be water and food secure, saying no to poverty and nutrition related diseases”

Gacioka no longer buys water and she is now able to grow her own food crops and vegetables in her nutrition garden using water from her water pan and knowledge and skills gained from trainings carried out by IAS K to the farmers. Her diet and general hygiene have improved and she is able to carry out her personal development such as paying school fees for her children, expanding her farm and growing trees. She is saving 1000Ksh with the group every month so that she could have enough savings to guarantee her financial support in case she will be in need. She is also planning to start a tree nursery to be planted with 5000 tree seedlings to sell to the farmers during rain seasons. The investment will help her in repair and replacement of her water pan and dam liner replacement.

“I believe that with water and good environment Kamwathu and it community will greatly change positively”.