Global consumer products company RB (Reckitt Benckiser) has set aside over Kes 18 Million for flood relief initiatives in Kenya.
The funds will be distributed to various partners including, Save The Children Emergency Fund, Plan International and Red Cross for provision of hygiene kits and kitchen kits as well as support relief and recovery efforts for the flood-affected families across the country.
This announcement was made on June 14 as RB donated Jik Bleach disinfectants and Dettol soap worth Ksh 5M to Kenya Red Cross for the ongoing flood relief initiative. Families affected by the recent floods will receive Dettol soap in Dignity kits with impacted health facilities receiving cleaning detergent Jik.
Excessive rainfall has left many parts of the country submerged in water, destroying thousands of livelihoods, millions of shillings of infrastructure and over 130 people countrywide dead.
Furthermore, the excessive rains have led to the outbreak of various diseases such as cholera, polio, malaria in various parts of the country and chikungunya in Northern Eastern.
While receiving the donation, Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Abbas Gullet said: “we made an appeal to partners from both the private and public sector to come on board and help address the humanitarian situation following the heavy rains that have wreaked havoc across the country.”
“We’d like to thank RB for hiding the call and their generous gift towards this cause” he added. “This will go a long way in improving the hygiene standards in the affected areas.”
RB Country Manager, Sachin Varma said, “This is definitely not a one-off, we are also partnering with Save The Children Emergency Fund and Plan International to provide them with hygiene kits and kitchen kits for the flood-affected families in Northern Kenya as well as flood emergency in other regions countrywide. To-date RB has directed over Kes 13 million though these two organizations for flood relief activities in Kenya.”
Since the heavy rains began in March at least 6,612 schools have reported damages, affecting learning for over 2 million children. At least 700 schools were closed temporarily, affecting learning for about 332,000 children with thousands of others displaced.
The government has donated one billion shillings to assist the families displaced by floods in various parts of the country.