KPA donates food items worth Kshs 1.5 million in Ganze
Kilifi – September 23,2016
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has presented a donation of food items worth Kshs 1.5 million to hunger stricken families in Ganze Sub-County in Kilifi County.
While presenting the donation to the beneficiaries on Friday, KPA Managing Director Mrs Catherine Mturi-Wairi regretted the alarming rate of poverty in the County.
"It is sad to note that more than 300,000 people in Kilifi County are facing starvation and children are the worst hit according to the County Government. Your situation is very serious and for sure it disturbs us when we see children trapped in this situation," she said.
Ganze MP Peter Shehe who received the donation on behalf of his constituents thanked KPA for the support.
The Ganze residents have been living under deplorable conditions feeding on wild fruits as hunger continues to wreck their County.
The Managing Director observed that Ganze's situation was dire citing the food security rapid assessment conducted in June this year which indicated that the Sub-County with a total population of 137,664 people was worst hit by famine with 58,277 of the population going without food.
" I am therefore pleased to inform you that the Authority is today presenting to you food donation worth Kshs 1.5 million and we hope that our gesture will go a long way towards alleviating the situation in this area as you wait for your harvest and for the support from other well-wishers," she added.
KPA has been providing financial assistance to communities across the Coastal region since 2000 through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to support education and health sector and has since constructed 30 schools and three dispensaries.
These efforts, Wairi said were out of KPA's belief in good neighborliness and responsible corporate citizenship with stakeholders and the community at large.
She was quick to add that though the Authority was focused on promoting education and health, they were also aware that to be well read, children must be well fed and healthy.
"It is for that reason that we have decided to join you today to offer our support and assure you we are together with you as a community next to us."
The MD noted that KPA as an organisation was doing well in terms of business growth and development saying cargo volumes through the Port of Mombasa have continued to grow steadily while cargo handling capacity had substantially increased.
She singled out the recent commissioning of the first phase of the Second Container Terminal as a very positive development since it has provided an additional 550,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to the old terminal's 1.1 million TEUs.
The second phase of the Second Container Terminal has been approved by the National Assembly and tendering is ongoing in Japan to appoint the contractor hopefully by early next year according to her.
Corporate Affairs Department
Kenya Ports Authority
23rd September 2016
Tel. 041 211 3416