A day after president William Ruto promised to mitigate the drought situation that is affecting more than 20 counties and more than 4.5 million kenyans affected by the ravaging drought, Education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu launched a school feeding program at the Kenya institute of curriculum development (KICD), that will help learners to stay on course all over the country.
With more than 20 counties and more than 4.5 million people affected by the ravaging drought , it has been reported that women and children are the most affected by the drought
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has launched a school feeding program, to ensure that no student will fail to go to school due to lack of food and water
While appreciating donors and well-wishers, the CS urged them to continue helping the government by donating food to starving Kenyans
Machogu was accompanied by outgoing PS basic education Julius Jwan and KICD CEO prof. Charles Ong’ondo during the launch the program because currently, Kenya has 10 counties adversely affected by drought.
They include; Isiolo, Mandera, Samburu, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Wajir, Laikipia, Tana river and Marsabit. The counties have been earmarked for immediate intervention through various relief food programs.
Additionally, the following counties are experiencing alarm (not severe) drought; Embu, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Kilifi.
This comes a day after president William Ruto promised to mitigate the drought situation in the country insisting that no student will drop out of school nor no education will be paralyzed due to the ravaging drought.
Machogu on his part said the government has taken steps to ensure food gets to school in areas that are affected by famine and drought.
However, the CS added that the government will work together with inter-ministerial and intergovernmental initiative to make sure that the food is delivered to the right school and recipients. He also insisted that ten counties in Kenya that are majorly affected by drought will be prioritized.
By Marion Wafula