2011 East Africa Drought Relief

Our Impact

In 2011, Planeterra raised $104,804 (total matched funds with the Canadian Government) to build two water stations in Kenya to help desperate refugees pouring across the border from Somalia. All Canadian donations were matched by the Canadian Government. Our local partner managed the funds for this project. They established efficient boreholes, water towers and tap stand locations across the 20-year old Dadaab refugee camp. Water was dispersed under the established international agreements to ensure dignity during an emergency, the SPHERE Standards, which indicate that 15 litres a day per person is acceptable.

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In the summer of 2011 a drought in the Eastern Horn of Africa led to the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. More than 11 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti were in need of humanitarian assistance. Everyday over 1000 refugees would flood across the border into Kenya. None of them had food or water.

G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation encouraged friends, family and travellers to come together in this time of need. In under 48 hours we reached our fundraising goal of $50,000 - to be used in the construction of two water stations outside the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

Of the total amount raised for this effort, $50,000 was used to build two water stations on the Kenya/Somalia border. Additional funds were used by our local partner to acomplish these tasks:

  • Proactively drilled new boreholes and erected tanks and installed pipes to provide water to a much larger population.
  • Expanded the water distribution network out to temporary water distribution points in Hagadera and Dagahaley camps.
  • Extended water supply and distrbuted water to refugees in the influx areas through hired water trucks and temporary tap stands.