NAIROBI, Kenya (August 22, 2017) – The U.S. Government has announced KES 3.3 billion ($32.6 million) in new funding for humanitarian assistance to address Kenya’s drought. The drought is causing an increase in malnutrition especially among children in northern Kenya. This additional funding is part of USAID’s ongoing support to the Government of Kenya’s drought response, coordinated by the National Drought Management Authority. The U.S. Government has given over KES 9.5 billion ($95 million) in humanitarian assistance to Kenya this year.
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec said, “The United States is helping to feed children and families who are suffering as a result of the drought. We are working to save lives and to support Kenyan efforts to build resilience in the most vulnerable communities.”
Drought relief includes immediate deliveries of emergency food, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene services. The assistance improves access to and availability of water, reduces conflict over natural resources, improves crop production, improves trade and diversifies livelihoods.
U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts has been programmed through the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and Office of Food for Peace and implemented through United Nations and non-governmental organization partners.