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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A herder takes a rest when his livestock drinking water in Marsabit, one of the most severe drought-hit regions in Kenya. XINHUA PHOTO BY: PAN SIWEI

Tecno China comes to aid of hundreds of Kenyan drought victims

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- African mobile firm Tecno has offered donations worth 19,420 U.S. dollars to drought stricken families in northern Kenya.

The mobile manufacturer, in partnership with Action Aid and the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), donated foodstuff, water tanks and sanitary kits that included sanitary pads, soap, and lotions.

The donation to 420 households in Daaba, Isiolo County included 15,120 kg of maize, 3,024kg of beans, 1,134 litres of cooking oil, 10,000 litres of water tank and 581 packs of sanitary kits.

Tecno Kenya’s Marketing Manager Ray Hou told Xinhua in a recent interview that the firm will offer another donation worth 33,930 dollars to homes in Samburu County and donate to the school feeding program in Kajiado County starting May.

"This corporate social responsibility was made possible by every Kenyan who has purchased Tecno Camon CX or CX air mobile phone," said Hou.

"For every gadget purchased, a dollar goes to Action Aid to support those affected by drought," he added.

In February, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought a national disaster and called on all relevant ministries and authorities to scale up their mitigation programs.

He further called on Kenya’s partners to help fight the crisis.

The drought has affected over 20 arid and semi-arid counties a national disaster, with Isiolo County being among the 13 worst affected counties.

Other affected areas include Garissa, Kwale, Kilifi, Makueni, Samburu, West Pokot, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Baringo, Turkana, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit.

"Tecno will keep donating a dollar to Action Aid to support the people affected by drought," said Hou.

 

             

 

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