In Kenya, Indigenous Peoples are on the frontlines of climate change. 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.
- 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.
MADRE and our local partners have installed 30 water tanks that provide 5,000 people with clean water.
"When we started IIN in 1999, I did not think we could be where we are today. The women have a voice. They recognize and talk on their rights. No matter how the environment has changed, they keep moving, adapting to the changes and coming up with innovations. It is now 2017. Eighteen years have passed, but to us, it's just like yesterday. We are still moving stronger together, motivating each other every minute, every day, every year. Thank you, MADRE." - Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network
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.