The First Lady of Kenya, Mama Rachel Ruto on Friday flagged off 300 tons of relief food to support families affected by the prolonged drought.
Speaking during the flag-off event at Parklands Sports Club in Nairobi, The First Lady lauded the Rotary Club of Parklands and the Sunrise Walkers Club, led by Dr. Rasik Kantaria, for the exemplary commitment to help Kenyans faced by famine.
“I commend the Sunrise Walkers Club for their exemplary commitment to support their fellow Kenyans in distress,” Mama Rachel Ruto said.
The first leg of the food distribution which is done in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross had 9 trucks, each loaded with 10 tons of food destined for Baringo, Garissa, Laikipia and Samburu counties.
Mama Rachel Ruto urged the partners present to support The President Dr. William Ruto’s target of growing 15 billion trees by 2032.
“As we distribute food today, we must remember that indeed climate change is now a climate crisis and we must respond by growing more trees,” Mama Rachel Ruto said.
Kenya has experienced the worst drought in 40 years, with some areas missing rain for 5 consecutive seasons. The prolonged drought has greatly affected the arid and semi-arid counties.
Mama Rachel Ruto also thanked God for the rains and expressed confidence that it will ease the hunger situation in the Country through food production.