First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has reiterated her commitment to support relief efforts aimed at mitigating the ongoing drought that has hit various parts of the country.
Speaking during a drought fundraising dinner organized by the Muslim Women’s Network, the first lady urged Kenyans of goodwill to stand together and continue galvanizing support in solidarity with the victims of drought, hunger and starvation.
She said it was heartbreaking to see children, women and men undergo so much suffering occasioned by one of the longest and worst drought in decades.
“I have witnessed it first hand during my visit to Marsabit in February. This drought is without a doubt one of the worst we have experienced in decades”, said the First Lady.
The First Lady urged Kenyans to stand together and pledge not to forsake other compatriots who need help.
She said the widespread drought that has affected 23 Counties, 13 of them severely, has not only occasioned untold suffering to the affected communities, but it has made a serious threat to their livelihoods and their future.
The First Lady said the affected Kenyans will continue to be in urgent need of assistance over the next six months- with a large percentage being women and children.
She said by coming together, Kenyans can overcome any form of adversity and overcome unimaginable trials and suffering.
Over the last few months, the First Lady said she had witnessed the spectacular response of Kenyans and institutions like the Kenya Red Cross Society come together to address the crisis.
She applauded the Muslim Women’s Network for organizing last evening’s resource mobilization dinner in their efforts to empathize and show compassion to those affected by the drought.
She expressed optimism many more Kenyans and organizations will draw on their resources to respond to the call for help.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohammed who brought over Sh 4.3 million (from herself and friends) to the fundraiser described Kenya as a resilient nation that has overcome many daunting challenges in the past.
She was hopeful Kenyans will continue mobilizing more resources until the current drought-related crisis is resolved.
The fundraiser realized over Sh 17 million including Sh 1 million each from Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Kenya Commercial Bank and Parastatals under the Ministry of Tourism.
Former President Daniel Moi and Deputy President William Ruto gave Sh 500,000 each while Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and the Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale brought Sh 400,000 and Sh 200,000 respectively.
Other corporates and entities represented at the fundraiser included the First Community Bank, Gulf Bank, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and industry and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims among others.