Kenya: First Lady Pledges Massive Support to Mitigate Drought
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has given gave a personal commitment to continue with efforts to alleviate the suffering of 3 million Kenyans facing starvation sparked off by the prolonged drought.
She urged other 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.
Because their pain is our pain," said the First Lady.
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.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohammed who brought over Sh4.3 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 over Sh17 million including Sh1 million each from Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Kenya Commercial Bank and Parastatals under the Ministry of Tourism.
Former President Daniel arap Moi and Deputy President William Ruto gave Sh500,000 each while while Baringo Senator Gedion Moi and the Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale brought Sh400,000 and Sh200,000 respectively.