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Disaster Management Operations

With funding from USAID, a cash transfer programme was launched last week targeting 11,082 households (approx. 66,492 persons with an estimated household size of six) in Turkana, West Pokot and Baringo Counties. In Turkana the project will support 5,323 HHs in Baringo 3,036 HHs and West Pokot 2,723 HHs. Each household will receive Kshs. 5,067 per month through M-PESA, which represents 50% of the Minimum Food Basket per household.

The three counties are vast and have some of the hardest to reach areas with such unique challenges as insecurity, poor infrastructure. In recent months Secretary-General Dr. Asha Mohammed has emphasized the Society’s preference for cash transfer over in-kind food distribution in the drought response noting that cash transfer helps build local economies.

Dr. Asha was represented in Turkana by her deputy Annettee Msabeni and in Baringo County by Head of Disaster Management Elijah Muli. Both Annette and Muli later Joined West Pokot Governor, John Lonyangapuo for a similar launch.

Baringo Governor H.E Stanley Kiptis said insecurity in parts of the county had worsened the drought situation and appealed for more support to cushion the most affected communities. He thanked Kenya Red Cross and USAID - Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance for the project and urged people to utilize the money well.

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) estimates that there are currently 2,147,800 people affected by drought and in need of urgent support. Since April 2021, the Kenya Red Cross has reached over 100,000 with direct food distribution in people in Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa, Samburu. The Society has also continued to support other needs of the community including rehabilitation of water sources and enhancing access to health.

 

The drought cash transfer program funded by USAID and actioned by the society in 3 counties- Turkana, Baringo, West Pokot. The program will run for three months, ensuring the community members are supported with Ksh. 5,067 per month

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