Cash transfer program benefitting drought stricken communities

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The Kenya Red Cross Society has extended its Cash Transfer Program (CTP) to Marsabit county in support of communities affected by the ongoing drought in the country.

The program will benefit 900 households over the next four months in Loyangalani and Korr wards in Laisamis Sub County as well as North Horr and Illeret wards in North Horr sub county that are adversely affected by the drought and historically malnutrition hotspots.

“The cash transfer program allows the affected communities to meet their urgent needs which vary per household. Ours is to equip them with the purchasing power to access essential goods and services from their local markets and service provider,” Said Dr. Abbas Gullet, the Secretary General Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

Each household will receive Kshs. 3,000 per month and cumulatively Kshs. 12,000 in the four months to enable them preserve their assets and build resilience as families in disaster situations often resort to detrimental coping strategies such as selling household assets like livestock, threatening their long-term wellbeing to satisfy more immediate needs.

In the current drought operations, KRCS aims at reaching more than 19,000 drought worst affected households with cash transfers. In Kilifi County, 1,000 households have received two disbursements of the monthly transfer value Kshs. 6,000. In Tana River County, 1000 drought worst affected households have so far received their first cash disbursement of kshs. 3000 each to meet their urgent food and non-food needs.

According to NDMA Bulletins (October 2016), 6 counties are at the alarm phase (Garissa, Mandera, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Marsabit) of drought classification while another 10 counties are at the alert phase (Kajiado, Laikipia, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir) with the situation worsening.

The cash transfer program is supported by Red Cross movement and non Red Cross Movement partners namely International Federation of the Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross and British Red Cross.