Kenya Red Cross fights drought in Samburu

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The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has been conducting food distribution in Samburu County, an exercise that has benefitted 5,500 people in 21 malnutrition hotspots.

This follows a multi agency assessment spearheaded by KRCS and supported by the Samburu county government that identified the need for an urgent response. An appeal was launched by KRCS where Safaricom Limited, through the Safaricom Foundation and M-PESA Foundation, donated Ksh 10 million to go towards the drought intervention for the affected County.

The funds were used to procure 47.8 tons of food to Samburu County, reaching 917 Households. It benefitted 1,000 people in Samburu Central, 2,250 in Samburu East and 2,250 in Samburu North. Some of the beneficiaries include 341 Pregnant and lactating Women, 150 Widows, 155 old age over 60 years and children under the age of five.

The monthly food ration per household was 6.9kgs of rice per person, 1.2Kgs of lentils, 0.4Kgs of cooking and 0.13kgs of Salt. The distribution was done in 24 Final Distribution Points of the three Sub Counties.

The poor performance of the long rains in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya, has resulted to drought in many areas of the Country including Samburu. The effect of this is loss of livestock and livelihoods, and thereby leading to acute food insecurity and malnutrition among children.