Beneficiaries urged not to sell food

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Individuals getting relief food from both the National and County governments have been advised not to sale the donated food rations.

Following the current harsh economic conditions caused by the novel coronavirus, the government and non-governmental organizations have come in to aid vulnerable families by distributing food items and non-food items.
Speaking to KNA at Omboga Secondary School in Kanyaluo South Location of Homa bay County when launching the food distribution by ‘Adiedo Springs of Hope Organization’, area Deputy County Commissioner, James Mabeya, said relief food is meant to cushion families vulnerable to hunger.
“There are some people who have the tendency of selling the relief food; this food is meant to help your families, especially now that the economy is harsh to everyone,” Mabeya said.
Mabeya revealed that there are some NGOs who are involved in donating food to the community without notifying the administration, adding that administrators ought to be consulted since they are the ones who know the vulnerable people in the community.
“I want to urge the Ngos to be working with us to help them identify the people who are vulnerable,”Mabeya said.
On her part ‘Adiedo Springs of Hope’ Coordinator, Grace Orondo, revealed that they used more than one million shillings to buy the food items that were donated to 221 households.
“Today we have donated foodstuffs to people from three locations of Kanyaluo south -31 Kanyaluo East-25 and Kanyaluo West-165,” Orondo said.
Orondo said people in the village are in need of help saying that most of them were dependent on relatives in the urban centers majority of whom have lost their jobs due to the covid -19 pandemic.
She further urged the NGOs and well-wishers in the region to come to the aid of the people who are greatly affected by the coronavirus.
Mabeya at the same time appealed to those living in the flood-prone areas to evacuate in time to avoid to destructions which are always caused by floods asking that they should not wait until the situation gets worse.

By Dan Oduor and Davis Langat

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