Red Cross reveals why it can't respond to all emergency cases in the country
22 May 2016, 09:12
Nairobi - The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is unable to effectively manage the high number of disasters in the country due to dwindling funds, it has emerged.
Nyeri Branch Chairman, Mwangi Mugo noted that the increased emergency cases especially those resulting from the ongoing long rains in the country have nearly depleted its financial resources.
Speaking over the weekend after flagging of the annual Red Cross walk in Nyeri town, Mugo said the branch was planning an extensive resources mobilization campaign to manage any disaster.
Over 6,000 students from 100 schools in the region took part in the walk.
“Kenya Red Cross is getting overwhelmed by the frequency with which disasters are taking place and we are now appealing to well wishers to chip in and support our operations especially in rescue and disaster management,” Mugo pleaded.
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Mugo who is also the Nyeri County Assembly Speaker, noted that the grant advanced to Red Cross to the tune of KES 15 million by the county government last year has been depleted.
“Considering that our work in mainly humanitarian in nature, we are appealing to the County administration to consider up scaling the grants to KES 40 million,” he emphasized.
He revealed that the branch new board of management had come up with alternative strategies to raise funds instead of entirely depending on donations.
“We have a rented a farm in Narumoru, where we have several greenhouse projects. This will serve as an income generating project in Agri-business and training for the youth among other projects,” he added.
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