Tens of sacked flower farm workers in Naivasha have a reason to smile after Rotary International and the government donated food reliefs for their families.
Also set to be benefit from the donations are more than 600 poor families living in various informal settlements around the lakeside town.
Naivasha Rotary President Billy Mungai Muturi said many families were going hungry due to the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have received support from various organizations in supporting those hardest hit by this pandemic and in the first phase we are targeting 600 families,” he said.
Speaking after distributing food to residents of Kabati, County Council, Kihoto and Mithuri estates, Muturi said that they were keen to support all the affected families.
He added that they were working with members of the provincial administration in identifying the most affected families around Naivasha.
“We are identifying the affected families and inviting them individually to collect the food relief and masks from the Chiefs offices so as to avoid crowding,” he said.
Kabati chief Faith Waiganjo admitted that flower farm workers and those working in Lake Naivasha had been adversely affected by the pandemic.
While thanking Rotary for the support, Waiganjo noted that the number of needy cases in the area was very high adding that the donations will go a long way in alleviating suffering among the residents.
Naivasha is home to over 50 flower and vegetable farms and since the first COVID-19 case was reported over 60 percent of the workers have been sent home with many farms and hotels closing business.