Food for work: Building dams for the future

In Veronica’s area of rural Kenya, most people are farmers. Outside of agriculture, there are very few jobs available. So when the crops fail from lack of rain, people are often left with no way to feed their families.

World Vision, in partnership with the UN World Food Programme, has begun a food for work project to help people through the drought.

Community members are building a dam, and receive grains, oil and legumes in return for their work.

The project means families have the food they need to survive in the short term, while they build a reliable source of water that will benefit the whole community in the long term. 

Future generations will be able to use the dam to irrigate their crops and cope better with drought conditions. 

“I support the project 100 percent, because my people benefit from it,” says Joseph, Assistant Chief of the area.

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