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Childrens’ Participation in Drought Mitigation Activities in Nyatike District, Migori County, Kenya

ONYANGO, Erick Ater

Titre : Childrens’ Participation in Drought Mitigation Activities in Nyatike District, Migori County, Kenya

Auteur : ONYANGO, Erick Ater

Université de soutenance : Maseno University

Grade : MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT 2013

Résumé partiel
Child participation is both an act and process that allow children to engage in issues that concem their wellbeing and the welfare of society at large. Children have an understanding and perception of their circumstances, and their actions would be determined by prevailing situations. Drought situation is a recurrent phenomenon whose onset and end are often difficult to determine, just as its severity, Its effects and associated pressures disrupt the functioning of a society. Nyatike District is a semi arid area in Kenya that often experiences recurrent drought situations which make children adjust by participating in varied drought mitigation activities threatening their welfare and preventing them from realizing their dreams in life. The problem for the study therefore was that despite all the systems ill place for improved child wellbeing, children from Nyatike District were still engaged in . ;various kinds of a tivities as ways of drought mitigation which not only interfered with their rights and welfare, but also hindered them from realizing their full potential in life. It was on this ground that this study sought to examine child participation in drought mitigation activities. The specific objectives of the study were to examine tfleactivities dl.ildren were involv.ed in as drought mitig.ation efforts, .establish levels of children participation in drought mitigation activities and find out the challenges and effects of participation in drought mitigation activities among children. The study was guided by Basic Needs Theory by Abraham Maslow (1943) who posited that human beings are motivated inwardly to fulfill the most basic needs in life. The study focused on child participation in drought mitigation activities and households were the unit of analysis. It adopted cross sectional descriptive design where both cluster and simple random sampling methods were used.

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