Rotarians seek aid for victims of violence in Kenya

By Lisa Baker  

Residents of Kenya need humanitarian aid following the 27 December election that sparked violence across the country. More than 650 people were killed, and more than 250,000 are displaced. Many of the displaced are staying in camps within the Rift Valley and Western Kenya, while others fled into neighboring Uganda and Tanzania.

Immediate needs include blankets, cooking fuel, food, health care, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, shelter, and water and sanitation. Because of continued violence in the streets, many people have been unable to buy food or go to work. It's anticipated that long-term recovery efforts will involve reconstruction of houses and buildings and the continued provision of food.

Kenyan Rotary clubs need financial contributions. Because of the difficulty in routing donated goods, cash donations only are requested at this time. Rotarians are partnering with the Kenya Red Cross Society to provide hands-on assistance. A committee of Rotarians in Nairobi has been established to oversee disaster relief activities.

To contribute, please make checks payable to "Rotary Disaster Relief Account - District 9200" and mail to:

Bimal Kantaria
P.O. Box 46826 - 00100
Nairobi, Kenya 00100

For more information on relief effort activities or to arrange for an electronic transfer, contact:

Varinder Singh Sur, District 9200
Rotary Foundation Committee Chair
Tel: +254 733 411334
Fax: +254 41 2315575