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EU Ambassador to transfer €5 million to 80,000 Kenyans

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As a result of COVID-19, an estimated 30% of Kenyans living in Nairobi’s informal settlements are experiencing severe hunger

Thursday, June 11, 2020, European Union Ambassador for Kenya, Simon Mordue will sign a €5 Million grant, in the presence of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, that will enable a consortium of NGOs to provide cash transfers to 80,000 vulnerable Kenyans who have lost their income sources due to COVID-19.

The aim of the project is to improve food security covering 50% of recipients’ food needs, and other essential costs such as soap, water, rent, and mobile phone credit. The grant signing ceremony was small in keeping with the Ministry of Health social distancing regulations.

As a result of COVID-19, an estimated 30% of Kenyans living in Nairobi’s informal settlements are experiencing severe hunger. The EU’s Partners Oxfam in Kenya, the Kenyan Red Cross Society, Concern Worldwide, ACTED, IMPACT, the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness, and the Wangu Kanja Foundation will help provide 20,000 households living in the Kibera, Korogocho, Mathare, Soweto, Majengo, Gitare, Marigo, Gatina Lunga Lunga, Kayole and Mukuru informal settlements of Nairobi with monthly cash transfers for three months, beginning in June. The direct cash transfers via Mpesa, through mobile money transfer, will complement the Ministry of Labour’s Inua Jamii programme.

EU Ambassador to transfer €5 million to 80,000 Kenyans

47 year-old Priscilla Ngilla, a mother taking care of two children in Kibera has said: “It has helped me a lot, I even thank God for that. Because…this house, if you hadn’t sent me that money, I wouldn’t be here. I would have been chased away. But thanks to what you gave us I was able to divide it a little and pay for the house, and a debt I had nearby to pay for food.”

“The EU is standing with Kenya during this difficult time, providing a lifeline through cash transfers for the worst affected people in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements, including women, the elderly and persons with disabilities.” said European Union Ambassador for Kenya, Simon Mordue.

The EU is standing with Kenya during this difficult time, providing a lifeline through cash transfers for the worst affected people in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements

Mat Cousins, Oxfam in Kenya’s Humanitarian Director said: “By mobilizing resources quickly, the European Union has shown its commitment to working in partnership with the people of Kenya, government authorities, civil society and affected communities. This whole of society approach will save lives.”

The EU itself is contributing Ksh 35 billion to Kenya’s response to COVID-19 whilst EU Member States have already provided more than Ksh 3.3 billion (EUR 30 million) – that figure continues to increase. This collective support by Team Europe is a statement of Europe’s friendship and partnership with Kenya in these difficult global times.

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