NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said the government will continue partnering with Non Governmental Organisations and other humanitarian agencies in alleviating the many challenges facing Kenyans.
Mr Musyoka noted that the government alone cannot effectively fulfil all the needs of Kenyans without such organizations supplementing its efforts.
“NGO sector led by organisations such as the Red Cross, World Vision, Action Aid among others are doing commendable job in humanitarian assistance, particularly in feeding the hungry,” he added.
The Vice President made the remarks on Sunday in Nairobi during a dinner to launch the Loomba Trust International in Kenya, where he was the chief guest.
He was accompanied by the Trust President Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Loomba Trust International is an organisation assisting widows and their children to face life challenges.
The Trust was established in the United Kingdom in June 1997 by the Trust’s Founder Chairman Raj Loomba.
Mr Musyoka said there were more than half a million widows in the country who are in dire need of support to meet their parental obligations
The Vice President said that due to the prolonged droughts experienced in the country, many people are faced with severe famine besides other challenges such as unemployment among others.
He pointed out that Kenyans appreciates any form of assistance that could help them meet their daily needs.
Mrs Blair said that women in the world are disadvantaged, noting that 75 percent of uneducated children are girls.
She added that there was need to assist widows to help themselves since they care for their families and participate in nation building.
“Kenya needs partnerships between men and women in order to have equal opportunity and make Kenya a greater state in Africa,” Mrs Blair noted.
The President donated two copies of her book “Speaking for Myself” that were auctioned at Sh150,000 each whose proceeds will be used to set businesses for two widows in Kenya.
Mr Loomba said the Trust was gaining strength all over the world, saying it supported over 3000 students in 29 states in India and promised to help widows in Kenya.
The Founding Chairman proposed Mr Narendra Raval who had hosted the dinner to be the Loomba Trust Ambassador in Kenya.
Mr Raval who is an industrialist donated Sh500,000 towards the Trust in Kenya, saying he will continue assisting orphans, widows and the less fortunate in the society.