By Betty Luke
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has rolled out distribution of 136 tonnes of food donation to families in Isiolo North Constituency that have been hardly hit by the ongoing drought that the government recently declared a national disaster.
About 4, 500 families from far flung areas of the constituency will benefit with maize and wheat flour, cooking oil and sugar from Maahad Daawah Organization.
While flagging off the consignment in Isiolo town, the NGO’s Chairperson Isack Ismael Ahmed said the decision to offer the support in the area following an appeal by the area MP Hassan Odha who had requested them to extend a helping hand to his constituents.
He said the families would benefit with 10 kilograms of maize and wheat flour, three litres of cooking oil and four kilograms of sugar each to cushion them against the biting effects of drought.
“We found there was an urgent need for food assistance after the MP Odha’s appeal and we reached out to our donors who willingly supported us,” said Mr Ahmed.
MP Odha said the food was enough to take the families for sometime and urged other well wishers to join hands in alleviating the suffering that majority of the residents especially in the far-flung areas continue to go through.
“We appreciate the support that came from good Samaritans in our country. We appeal for more partnerships and interventions,” he said.
The legislator and County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said their offices will closely monitor the distribution to ensure the food benefit those targeted.
“We will not allow undeserving persons to benefit at the expense of the poor citizens,” Mr Omoding said adding that the help will supplement government’s efforts to avert hunger.
The MP promised to facilitate transportation of the food to the areas where distribution will take place.