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Fatima Jibrell's story is one of love for her people and the environment that supports their way of life, learn how she turned her vision of peace and conservation into reality.
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On the northern coast of Somalia three communities are combating climate change impact head on in their villages. Being the ones that are most affected and vulnerable to the human, economic and environmental consequences of climate change it only made sense that they lead the battle against the ravages of extreme weather events that affect their daily life and future.
The journey of many miles starts with the first step. proverb ring a bell? It sure does for the Maarifa kona team. Each month provides new insights for us and it also shapes our outlook on this innovation path shuttled by the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP). But it doesn’t stop there; It is also common for one to look back at the distance traveled, and to take stock of the progress, losses, missed opportunities or even some averted crises.
We took our first steps in September 2017 with the goal of engaging communities meaningfully in the exploration and development of responsive and impactful innovations, which would build the resilience and adequately prepare communities that have long endured the ravages of drought in Kenya. This was indeed an exciting undertaking for the Maarifa kona team but not without its fair share of fears and challenges, which naturally accompany novel ideas and uncharted waters. Maarifa kona is the localized reference for the Kenya Innovation Labs established under the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Program (DEPP).
Year by year, with your support, we have grown steadily, developing and strengthening our relationships with communities on the ground. We have expanded our work, first within Somalia and then to Kenya and South Sudan.
With your support, this is how we changed the story in 2017.
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