News / Africa

Kenyan NGOs Raise Funds for Drought, Famine Relief

Turkana women wait for food relief at Kalok Tonyang in the Turkana district northwest of Nairobi, August 9, 2011
Turkana women wait for food relief at Kalok Tonyang in the Turkana district northwest of Nairobi, August 9, 2011

Multimedia

Audio
  • Clottey interview with Abbas Gullet, general secretary of the Red Cross Society of Kenya

Peter Clottey

The general secretary of the Red Cross Society of Kenya says the second round of corporate fund raising for the famine-stricken areas of the country will begin Thursday.

The Red Cross has teamed up with some non-governmental organizations including media owners in a plan called Kenya for Kenyans, which encourages citizens to donate cash or food to areas suffering food shortages.

Abbas Gullet said the aim of the fund raising drive is to raise about $10.8 million (1 billion shillings) to help combat the crisis. He said his organization is overwhelmed by the response:

“Originally, our idea was to raise about [$ 5 million] in one month,” said Gullet.  Within the first days of this campaign last week, we were able to reach our objective of half a billion Kenyan shillings,” said Gullet. “[The] initial collections [were] from Kenyans and then eventually we brought Kenyan corporations on board.”

He also said there was need to increase the fund raising target to at least 1 billion shillings, due to the overwhelming response.

“This is [the] first ever [effort] of this magnitude [where everyone contributed]:  individuals, the private sector, corporations, media owners, and NGOs,” said Gullet.

“It important that ordinary Kenyans take initiative to support their own before the international community or the government says it will do this or that,” said Gullet. “I am overwhelmed with joy and with excitement that ordinary Kenyans… will contribute.  It is phenomenal; it’s never happened to this extent in this country and even on the continent.”

He said funds will be used for food and water, which are already being sent to the north and to rural and dry parts of the country.

"Any excess of the billion shillings… will be used for a pilot project integrating food, health and water security for some of the worse affected communities,” said Gullet. “It’s about mid- to long term to show that we can turn around and address the root causes of famine.”

Analysts say East Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than 50 years. Famine has been declared in several regions of neighboring Somalia, and development experts fear it could spread through the Horn.

Recent news reports say at least 14 people recently died in Kenya’s northwestern Turkana region from hunger.

Kenya has declared the ongoing drought and food emergency in parts of the north a national disaster.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid