20,000 drought-affected Kenyans benefit from QC’s food aid

20,000 drought-affected Kenyans benefit from QC’s food aid


11/19/2018 |


Qatar Charity (QC) has provided urgent food parcels for 20,000 people in many villages of the Eastern Province of Kenya, where drought has caused deaths, especially among children due to malnutrition, and the loss of large numbers of livestock, threatening the lives of nomadic pastoralists.

This emergency food project was funded by the benefactors of Qatar and implemented by QC’s office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as part of the charity’s continuous efforts to support the Kenyan people, especially in areas affected by natural disasters such as floods and drought.

The food parcel, which is sufficient for each beneficiary family for a whole month, included corn flour, beans, rice, and cooking oil.

Jabr bin Ali al-Dosari, Qatari Ambassador to Kenya, participated with QC’s team in the distribution of the food to the affected people, applauding the humanitarian efforts made by Qatar Charity in Kenya. He also hoped that   more relief and development projects would be implemented in these parts of the country, where people are suffering from poverty and deprivation.

After his visit to the only hospital in this area that lacks basic services, the ambassador underlined the importance of health projects for the residents of the region. He said “I have seen with my own eyes the tragedy experienced by the people of this region, where the health condition is very poor”, stressing the need to help these people survive under extreme climatic conditions.

For his part, Mohammad Ali Loulkri, Kenyan parliamentary deputy, thanked the Ambassador and Qatari donors for helping the Kenyan people. "I am happy over the attendance of the ambassador in this region to closely see the needs of people”, Loulkri added.

According to UN reports, East Africa, particularly Kenya and Somalia, is experiencing a severe drought that threatens the lives of millions of people, because of delays in the arrival of seasonal rains, a sharp decline in local food production and the discontinuation of humanitarian aid due to various reasons.

The drought conditions, which are expected to continue until the end of the year 2018, have caused food insecurity for about 3.4 million people. Some 482,882 children need treatment for acute malnutrition, including 104,614 severely malnourished children and 88% of these children are from 23 arid and semi-arid provinces.

It is worth mentioning that Qatar Charity carries out various projects in many districts of Kenya, which include wells, relief and construction projects, in addition to sponsoring more than 4,000 orphans.