Mama Guyo Foundation, a charity entity run by Marsabit County governor’s wife Alamitu Guyo Jattani today put a smile on the face of over 1,300 vulnerable families in the county by distributing food rations obtained through donations from well-wishers.
The foundation which raised Sh4.2 million from donors within Marsabit County also gave out non-food items including sanitary towels, face masks and hand sanitizers to the county Covid-19 emergency response committee.
Speaking during a flagging-off ceremony of trucks loaded with the aid at the county government headquarters, Alamitu took the opportunity to condemn the state of insecurity in Saku Constituency and other parts of the county and appealed to residents to co-exist peacefully.
She called on wananchi to support efforts by the government to restore peace and arrest those behind the murder of innocent people including students, by volunteering useful information to relevant authorities.
Ms. Alamitu observed that suspected criminals lived among communities and cautioned residents against shielding or providing haven to such characters.
“I am appealing to communities living in Marsabit to love and be kind to each other besides voluntarily passing information to security agents that will enable the arrest of culprits behind these pointless killings of innocent people in this county,” she said.
The foundation’s humanitarian support program aims at cushioning vulnerable members of the society against socio-economic hardships caused by Covid-19 outbreak.
She revealed that the initiative received support from local professionals, members of the Marsabit County Assembly and the business community among others in mobilizing the resources to assist the less fortunate in society.
The donation would benefit households headed by widows and single mothers, people living with disabilities, HIV/AIDs affected persons, long-term illnesses and five local institutions that cater for the disadvantaged in society.
The food expected to last more than a month, comprised wheat and maize flour, sugar, cooking oil and salt. The package also included tea leaves, rice, beans, bar soap and sanitary towels.
Marsabit Health department also received 1, 200 pieces of hand sanitizers that would specifically go to frontline healthcare workers.
The foundation also took care of small scale traders from Central ward in Marsabit town who received 250 litres of sanitizers as well as ten football clubs from the same ward that received 200 face masks.
Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali who graced the occasion directed that the aid should strictly go to the intended beneficiaries.
Governor Ali cautioned that any diversion of the donations would not be tolerated and culprits would be severely punished.
“My administration believes in transparency and accountability hence the need for those entrusted with any kind of work to always do it right,” said the governor.
He assured that the government would continue offering assistance to the needy during the covid-19 period.
By Sebastian Miriti