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Capital: Nairobi
Population: 44,037,656 (July 2013 est.)
Population below national poverty line: 50%

Bóthar in Kenya:

Bóthar has been supporting projects in Kenya since 1997. This project involves farming with numerous different species including dairy goats, dairy camels and bees. Bóthar has sent 2 airlifts of dairy goats to Kenya, the first airlift of 40 dairy goats was sent from Ireland in October 1997 and the second airlift of 100 dairy goats was sent from Ireland in September 1999.

Bóthar has also supported its projects by providing 4x4 vehicles to the field staff so that they are better able to travel to the remote areas where some of the Bóthar projects are based.


Current Project Profiles

Project Title: East Pokot Camel Project
Location: East Pokot, Rift Valley Province
Number of families: 60
Animals: 60 heifer camels and 2 bulls
Other inputs: Payment of herdsmen in transit, salt and medicines including vaccinations with Triquin 
Training: The development of the husbandry of breeding camels in beneficiary households has helped the old and young who are left at home during drought while the older youths have gone to the hills with the other livestock in search of pasture.  
Brief synopsis: Many villages in the East Pokot area suffered a severe cholera outbreak in November 2009, resulting in many deaths. In addition to having prolonged drought for over 12 months, many people also lost their cattle. Bóthar will finance 60 dairy camels and two bulls for the families that were afflicted by cholera.
Pass-on obligations The Pokot being polygamous, families are very large with an extended family in one boma (enclosure), all benefiting from the milk, meat and income from sale of the male calf. A man with three wives and 20 children plus married sons and their families are all beneficiaries. While there is no formal handing on of the calf up to 25 members of the household benefit from one milking camel. The calf is kept in the herd and will be a contributor to the livelihood of the family as it comes to delivering its own calf and begins to provide milk. A heifer will be up to four years old before it goes in calf.
Expected benefits: As part of the Barpello Catholic Mission's plan for drought recovery in 2010, they intend to bring in camels to help the people to recover from these recurring droughts and not have to resort to famine relief during these periods. The camels provide milk, meat and a good source of income for the sale of offspring.
Local partner: Barpello Catholic Missions
Other relevant data: The Barpello Catholic Mission will follow up with another donor to help the beneficiaries with a bore-hole for clean potable water so as to avoid disease. This camel project is a continuation of the support Bóthar has given Fr. David Conway in this region.
Project title: Mass Vaccination Programme
Location: Kolloa Division, East Pokot
Number of families: 120,000 goats will be vaccinated and will remain as the back-bone for the 38,000 population of Pokot people in Kolloa Division
Animals: Goats
Other inputs: Refrigeration
Brief synopsis: The semi-nomadic, pastoralist Pokot Communities have approached the Catholic Barpello Mission to report that their goats are dying in large numbers due to the diseases Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP) and Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR). During the prolonged drought and famine in the horn of Africa in 2011 the Pokot, like so many others lost a large number of animals.  Recovery has been slow, now the communities face the loss of goats and sheep in a different way. It is estimated that 120,000 goats will be vaccinated and will remain as the backbone for the 38,000 population of Pokot people in Kolloa Division. This intervention is an intervention in livelihoods and is also a food security programme.
Pass-on obligations: N/A
Expected benefits:

Survival of livestock ensuring local livelihoods stay intact.

Local partner:
Barpello Catholic Mission  

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