Worsening drought conditions have reached crisis levels at several Chalice sponsor sites in Kenya and Tanzania. The Government of Kenya has declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of 47 counties affected. The number of people facing food insecurity has more than doubled - from 1.3 million to 2.7 million. Some 357,285 children and pregnant and lactating mothers are acutely malnourished.
In early February heavy rains in Peru resulted in severe hardship for Chalice families in the community of Chiclayo.
The intense rains produced floods which damaged many homes and destroyed others, especially among the poorest of people that live in adobe houses. To add to the misery, many households were hit with the loss of work due to the destruction in their community.
There is a desperate need for assistance with the purchase of food, materials to repair the homes, money to rent temporary housing for those who have lost their homes, and general materials such as clothing and mattresses.
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