A group of Muslim organisations in Kenya have launched an appeal to help people affected by severe drought in the country.
Nearly a million Kenyans are in urgent need of food aid as a result of a ravaging drought which is being experienced in several parts of the country, according to the Red Cross.
A delay in this year’s March-May rains is expected to worsen the situation.
According to a recent report on the drought situation in the country by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), more than 860,000 Kenyans are in need of immediate food assistance.
Representatives of several Muslim organisations met at Jamia Mosque Nairobi where they deliberated on the drought situation and resolved to mobilize Muslims to support the efforts to assist Kenyans who are threatened with starvation.
“The scale of the problem is much greater than we had anticipated last year. There is urgent need of the support as children and adults are continuing to suffer because of hunger,” Muhammad Tariq Harunani of Al Khair Foundation said.
On his part, Sheikh Abdullatif Abdulkarim who represented the Islamic Foundation stressed on the need for Muslims to give a helping hand so as to save the lives of Kenyans who are on the verge of starvation. “What we are doing is to make sure that no Kenyan dies because of lack of food or scarcity of water. That is our first action which is to save lives,” he said.
Support towards this cause can be channelled through Mpesa Paybill number 821680 account drought. Further information can be obtained through telephone number 0792796991.
The funds that will be raised will go towards the purchase of food items to be distributed to communities that are in dire need of basic needs.
Organisations involved in the initiative include Jamia Mosque, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), Ummah Foundation, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, Al Muntada Development Trust, World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Islamic Foundation and Maahad Da’wa Organisation.