The United States announces $1 million in humanitarian assistance to support Kenya’s flood response efforts. This new funding will be used to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices amid the ongoing floods.
“The United States is a committed partner to the Kenyan people, their government, and the Kenya Red Cross Society,” said U.S. Ambassador Meg Whitman while touring the warehouses of the Kenya Red Cross Society on December 19. “Together, we are working with county governments, donors, the UN, and NGOs to meet the humanitarian needs of the Kenyan people most affected by these floods. While these are unprecedented times, our partnership is unwavering.”
Kenya is facing its worst floods in decades, with 500,000 people impacted, including over 100,000 families who have been displaced from their homes. This follows one of the worst droughts in Kenya’s history, which left over 5 million people facing acute food insecurity and 1 million children facing acute malnutrition.
The U.S. government is committed to supporting the people of Kenya during this time and has allocated $250,000 of this new $1 million to meet the immediate needs of Kenyans through the Kenya Red Cross Society. The remaining $750,000 will be allocated to additional partners responding to the floods.
This new flood support is in addition to the $800 million the United States has provided to support the emergency response and long-term resilience to Kenya’s historic drought over the past three years. The United States remains the largest donor to support Kenya as it faces humanitarian shocks and development challenges in the face of climate change.
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Andrew M. Veveiros