The UK has today announced direct financial support of £1 million (KES 144 million) UK aid to help cushion 10,000 vulnerable people and families living in informal settlements in Mombasa from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.
During a visit to Mombasa, where she held talks with Governor Hassan Joho, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, announced the support for some of the families worst affected by the pandemic.
The support will be channelled through mobile cash transfers directly to individuals and families to will help them with their most pressing needs – such as paying rent, purchasing food or other basic items.
The High Commissioner visited the Tudor Muoroto informal settlement to see first-hand the potential beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme.
She also held meetings with coastal governors, and young entrepreneurs, to deliberate on the UK and Kenya’s thriving partnership on tech and innovation.
This announcement is part of the UK’s support to 50,000 people living in informal settlements in the two major cities of Kenya (Mombasa and Nairobi).
Jane Marriott, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, said:
“UK and Kenya are working together to support companies, jobs and families who need help during this difficult time. In particular, the UK partnership that I am pleased to announce will further help vulnerable communities in Mombasa access food and other basic supplies. Cash enables families to buy what they urgently need. This support will also stimulate the wider local economy as most of the basic items are supplied by small business owners living within their communities,” said Marriott
She said she was excited to be able to travel around Kenya once again to hear about UK’s partnerships across the country.
“We have a fantastic and longstanding relationship with Mombasa, which I was delighted to reaffirm with Governor Joho,” she added
On his part, governor Joho expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture by the UK government.
“I can’t thank the UK Government and the British people enough for this kind gesture. It’s not just about philanthropy but more to do with humanity. This means a lot to the people of Mombasa and the country at large. The devastation occasioned on the world economy by the COVID-19 pandemic, can amongst many other things be mitigated through initiatives meant to resuscitate the economies at the grassroots,” Said Joho
The High Commissioner’s visit to Mombasa highlighted UK support to the coastal region, including tackling COVID-19, countering terrorism and violent extremism, helping modernise the port of Mombasa, as well as supporting resilient urban development in coastal Kenya.