Rachel Ruto: My office has so far assisted 20,000 needy families
First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto has said her office has reached out to 20,000 needy families in seven counties.
Speaking on Friday after being installed as the patron of the Kenya Girl Guide, Mama Rachel said that has been made possible through donors and the government.
“My office has distributed food to 20,000 needy families. We are targeting to reach more people,” the First Lady said.
Mama Rachel has taken over the role of patron of Kenya Girl Guide from former First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
She is now expected to represent the Kenya Girl Guide in various occasions both Nationally and internationally.
“Today, I was honoured to have been installed as the Patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association, during the celebration of World Thinking Day 2023. World Thinking Day is set aside to advocate for and create safe spaces for women and girls to nurture their thoughts into life-changing deeds. On this day, all of us, especially the Kenyan women and girls, are encouraged to pause and think,” she said.
At the same time, she said the drought situation in Kenya is worsening in various parts of the country.
She revealed that the Kenya Girl Guide has greatly helped in reaching out to the drought affected families and encouraged them to continue doing the same.
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“I want to commend the Kenya Girl Guide through their various interventions to continue with the service spirit,” Mama Rachel said.
The population facing acute food insecurity and consequently requiring humanitarian assistance has increased to 4.4 million from the 3.5 million people identified in July 2022 following assessment of the long rainy season.
This is a clear testament of the declining food security in Kenya’s 23 ASAL counties.
Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa have the highest proportions (55 per cent) of their populations in need of urgent food.