Ford Fund Provides $30K in Grants to Support Recovery in Kenya
Ford on Monday announced that the Ford Motor Company Fund will be offering a total of $30,000 in grants to community organizations for recovery efforts from severe flooding that occurred in early May. Extreme rainfall from March to May had displaced more than 225,000 people in the East African country, and the bursting of the Patel Dam in Rift Valley on May 9 left 38 dead, 40 hospitalized, and resulted in the loss of 450 homes.
“Kenya has been exceptionally hard hit this season with torrential rain and flooding, and with so many people affected by this natural disaster, it’s essential that we support the critical and selfless relief efforts currently underway,” said Managing Director of Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region Casper Kruger.
The grant is being divided among two Kenyan nonprofit organizations. $20,000 is being devoted to Community Focus Group Kenya, which focuses specifically on providing essential resources and services to Solai Village, Subukia, in Nakuru County. The funds will help CFG Kenya provide everything from reconstruction supplies to food and clothing to 50 households in the village.
The other $10,000 of the grant is being given to Childline Kenya, which focuses on child protection and support in the counties of Garissa, Kakamega, Nairobi, Nakuru, Siaya, and Uasin Gishu. In addition to providing counselling to families coping with tragedy, Childline creates spaces for children to participate in art and play therapy.