Starved groups in Ganze to get stipend

Red Cross has set aside Sh28.8 mil­lion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ELIAS YAA @TheS­tarKenya

More than 6,000 peo­ple in Ganze are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from a cash trans­fer pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by the Kil­ifi gov­ern­ment as a hunger mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure.

The 1,000 house­holds were iden­ti­fied by vil­lage ad­min­is­tra­tors who fo­cussed on the vul­ner­a­ble homes based on cri­te­ria set by Red Cross.

The county will jointly run the four months ini­tia­tive with the Red Cross So­ci­ety. In the pro­gramme launched on Fri­day, 1,000 house­holds will re­ceive Sh6,000 each be­gin­ning this week. The Kenya Red Cross yes­ter­day said it has set aside Sh28.8 mil­lion for the project.

This Emer­gency Cash Trans­fer Pro­gramme will be im­ple­mented in the hard­est-hit famine ar­eas of Ganze and Bamba ward in Ganze sub­county.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch at the county head­quar­ters, Kil­ifi Gov­er­nor Ama­son Kingi said the kitty would sus­tain the most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents. Kingi said the county has put in place mea­sures to mit­i­gate the hunger, which has seen more than 250,000 peo­ple starve.

“Our ef­forts alone are not go­ing to re­lieve the bur­den of hunger. We need to bring all the peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing the na­tional gov­ern­ment, and see that we have cen­tral col­lec­tion points to pick up food and dis­trib­ute to our peo­ple,” Kingi said.

Kenya Red Cross re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Has­san Musa said the move to di­vert money had been brought about by the need to cut lo­gis­ti­cal ex­penses and grow lo­cal economies in hunger-stricken ar­eas. The ob­jec­tive of the pro­gramme is to ad­dress the acute needs of poor house­holds and meet their di­etary needs, Musa said.


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