Ford Motor Company Fund has made a $30,000 grant available to community support organisations in Kenya to assist with urgent disaster relief efforts following heavy seasonal rains and flooding.
Over 225,000 people have been displaced due to the torrential rains experienced in the region since March. The most recent tragedy saw the Patel Dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley bursting its banks on 9 May, resulting in 38 deaths, 40 people requiring hospital treatment and 450 homes being swept away. Around 200 schools had to be closed due to the flooding.
To help with the relief efforts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, approved the $30,000 grant to support the commendable work being done by two non-profit organizations.
“Kenya has been exceptionally hard hit this season with torrential rain and flooding, and with so many people affected by this natural disaster, it’s essential that we support the critical and selfless relief efforts currently underway,” said Casper Kruger, Managing Director of Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
Community Focus Group (CFG) Kenya received a $20,000 grant to help support families affected by the floods, with particular focus on providing resourcing and service delivery for Solai Village, Subukia in Nakuru County. CFG will be reaching out to 50 households over the course of one month to provide psycho-social support, reconstruction materials, food supplies, clothing and hygiene kits.
A further $10,000 grant has been provided for Childline Kenya, which has been establishing response teams for child protection and support. This includes assisting rescue missions to ensure children are safe in six counties, comprising Nakuru, Kakamega, Siaya, Nairobi, Uasin Gishu and Garissa.
In addition, Childline provides counselling and psycho-social support for families that have lost loved ones, while creating child-friendly spaces that include art and play therapy that helps the counsellors identify children that need further therapy.