According to recent government estimates,approximately 2.7m people in Kenya are currently in need of food aid – with 23 of the 47 counties significantly affected. The recent droughts that commenced in December 2016 made a devastating impact on the country’s overall water table, with people, livestock, wild animals, and vegetation all affected.
In partnership with Ahadi Kenya and Mediamax Kenya, Lotto Foundation brought humanitarian relief to countless people in arid and semi-arid regions that were affected by the drought — in keeping with our mandate for the promotion of Kenyan health and fostering community ties.
The key partners are working closely with county governments to ensure that the initiative targets the worst affected areas and prioritises the households that are most in need. Mr. Brian Waluchio, chairman of Lotto Foundation said, “As Kenyans, we need to rise up and be our brother’s keeper, we need to do all that we can to help those who are facing starvation, not just by giving them food aid but also by creating resilience. Drought hinders economic performance, and deprives communities of their assets, livelihoods, and labour force – all too often locking the populations affected into endemic poverty cycles.”
There is thus a clear need to empower our people with adaptable farming skills and advise them to plant more drought resistant crops to ensure that we raise the level of food security across the country. Dr. Stanley Kamau of Ahadi Kenya confirmed the food donated would ensure that the less privileged and most vulnerable people get relief from the ravaging drought.
The initiative has so far covered 20 counties, namely: Nyeri, Makueni, Nairobi, Wajir, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita
Taveta, Tharaka-Nithi, Kirinyaga, Isiolo, Laikipia, Migori, West-Pokot, Marsabit, Turkana and Samburu,
Garrisa, Mandera, Narok, and Tana-River Counties. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 40,000,000.