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US donates Ksh23 Billion to help Kenyans facing hunger after Ruto’s plea

US donates Ksh23 Billion to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help Kenyans facing hunger after Ruto’s plea.

The US government has donated Ksh23 billion (USD 194.5 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help mitigate the severe effects of drought.

In a statement dated September 23, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported that the US government had donated money through USAID to aid families affected by conflict and drought.

“We are extremely grateful for this record contribution from the US Government to support thousands of people affected by severe drought and those driven from their homes by conflict,” stated Lauren Landis, WFP’s Country Director in Kenya.

The largest donation by a single donor to WFP’s operation in Kenya will also be channeled towards helping refugees in the country.

According to the WFP, the money will be used to combat malnutrition and provide food and monetary support to 535,000 people who are experiencing extreme hunger.

Additionally, the money will go toward programs like beekeeping that diversify livelihoods and the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure.

“There is still no end in sight to this drought crisis, and we call on all donors to ensure predictable and sustainable funding through this year and well into 2023 to save lives and stop more people from falling into deeper levels of hunger,” Landis added.

The donation comes just days after President William Ruto called on world leaders to collaborate in tackling climate change. 

Ruto described the millions of working people in developing countries as an untapped resource that could drive growth and help create a more inclusive world order.

“We cannot afford to waste another moment debating the merits of doing something vis a vis doing nothing,” he stated.

“3.1 million people are facing severe drought. It’s no longer a country-by-country challenge. It’s becoming a multilateral challenge,” Ruto added.

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