Over 1,100 households in Mandera County have received food donations from the government of Kuwait through Direct Aid international
Speaking during the distribution, Mandera Direct Aid Director Abdisitar Hajji said that they have received 34 tonnes of food aid to be distributed to most vulnerable households in parts of the county affected by drought.
According to Hajji, the 34 tonnes consist of 15 tonnes of rice, 3.3 tonnes of cooking oil, dates 4.5 tonnes, 3.2 tonnes of maize flour, beans 4.5 tonnes, 700kgs of milk and 652kgs of salts.
“We have received 34 tonnes of food donations and distributed it to more than 1100 households in all the affected area in the county, Mandera North is most affected,” said Hajji.
Among the 1, 100 households, 700 are from Mandera North, 150 from Mandera East and 250 from Lafey Sub County.
Government and other stakeholders have been distributing food to the affected households in Mandera since last year when President Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought a national disaster.
So far, the government has used more than Sh179 million in cash transfer programme in feeding the most vulnerable population. Each household receives Sh6000 every month.
Director of Direct Aid Kenya Dr. Ismail Hassan who received the donation said the gesture was a clear indication of Kuwait government’s commitment to supporting Kenyans facing starvation as a result of prolonged drought mainly in the northern part of the country.
By Charles Matacho