KPA donates food items worth 1.5M to Kinango Residents


KPA Donates food items worth 1.5M to Kinango residents,Photo Kenya News Agency

By Caroline Kahonzi

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has  donated  food items worth Sh. 1.5 million to hunger stricken families in Kinango Sub-County in Kwale.

The food donations were presented to the most vulnerable families in one of the hardest-hit areas of Ndavaya and Lutsngani of Kinango.

The donation was presented by the KPA Board Chairman Benjamin Tayari to 1,000 most vulnerable families in the area.

Tayari noted that the situation in most parts of Kwale still remains fragile due to poor rainfall and revealed that KPA will ensure that drought victims who are most urgently in need of food are assisted.

Mr.Tayari regretted the severe drought situation in the country which has resulted in widespread livelihood losses and massive displacement of populations.

“In Kwale County the drought situation has continued to worsen  making several areas such as Kinango and Lungalunga constituency suffer the consequences and  regretted  the alarming rate of poverty in the region,”Said Mr.Tayari.

Mr.Tayari added that they are working closely with the National and County governments to help respond  to the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the current prolonged drought.

“I want to assure the local communities that KPA is committed to address their urgent food needs through the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ,”Added Mr.Tayari.

The Chairman was accompanied by KPA staff led by Corporate Communications Manager Bernard Osero who is also the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Committee Chairman.

“These efforts were out of KPA’s  good neighborliness and responsible corporate citizenship with stakeholders and the community at large,” said the KPA Chairman.

“We hope this will cushion the impact of the population affected by the drought in coastal regions,” he said.

Addressing the meeting, Kinango Assistant County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo, thanked KPA for the support saying the area has a total population of 38,000 people where by the majority are facing hunger.

Ndavaya electoral ward MCA Ali Beja appealed for more support to  drill boreholes in order to avail more  water to the people and their livestock.

Beja says the residents have been living under deplorable conditions feeding on wild fruits as hunger continues to wreck their localities.

“We are very grateful for the support extended by KPA as a response to the current drought,”He  opined.

According to the Kwale County Drought Response Coordination Committee at least 200,000 people spread in Kinango, Shimba Hills, Samburu and Lunga Lunga sub counties are in urgent need of relief food and water supplies.

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