Friendships contain the seeds of peace in dangerous times. Learn more about the story of Hellen and Sylvia, two Indigenous women in Kenya, and the transformative friendship they’ve forged, with your help.
They face frequent, severe droughts that kill the crops and animal herds that communities depend on for survival. Women and girls are tasked with the heavy burden of securing water for their families. To make ends meet, many parents still pull their daughters out of school and marry them off for a dowry.
MADRE partners with the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). With your support, we advance grassroots women's solutions to climate change and support communities hardest hit, but least responsible, for climate change. And we demand just climate action from the US, historically the world’s largest carbon emitter, and from international policymakers.
“When I started my home, I started with empty hands, with nothing. But now, I have a farm, I have food, and all my girls are in school. I’m proud of my children. And I am proud of my hands that work hard to make something.” - Paulina, West Pokot, Kenya
Christine from West Pokot shows off her new energy-efficient jiko stove, provided with MADRE support! It’s an updated Indigenous design that uses 80% less wood.
“We’re fighting for justice in communities suffering from climate catastrophes, and it is time for Indigenous women to be at the forefront of climate policymaking."
- Mothers have the peace of mind to know their family's water is clean and safe, and children don't die from dirty drinking water.
- Women and girls have time to earn income, go to school and be leaders in their communities—instead of searching for and hauling water.
- Communities survive climate disaster, thanks to shared knowledge and the grassroots solutions created by women.
Your Support in Action
The Indigenous Information Network (IIN) is a women-led organization that connects Indigenous Peoples, sustains their communities and strengthens their demands for human rights.
Climate change is a global crisis that threatens the survival of humanity. While it affects us all, poor and rural women are hardest hit by food shortages, droughts, floods and disease linked to climate change. But they are more than victims.