"Chinese for Kenya – Relief Food to Turkana Program" Successfully Held
2011/53/24

From September 19th to 22nd, "Chinese for Kenya – Relief Food to Turkana Program" organized by the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya was successfully conducted, with the purpose to express the friendship and empathy to the people in the drought-affected areas in Turkana.

On September 19th, the Start-off Ceremony of the Program was held in Nakuru City. H.E. Liu Guangyuan, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Hon. Esther Murugi Mathenge, Minister for Special Programme of Kenya, Hon. Josephat Koli Nanok, Member of Parliament of Turkana and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Wild Life of Kenya, Mr. Mohammed Surow, Mayor of Nakuru, and Mr. Li Qiang, Chairman of Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association, attended the Ceremony and made remarks. Nearly ten thousand local people also witnessed the flagging-off of 12 trucks loaded with relief food.

In his speech at the Ceremony, Ambassador Liu Guangyuan said that the Chinese government and people attached great importance and attention to the drought and famine in Kenya. The Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya had also organized various donation activities and would arrange a convoy to transport food to Turkana area, which is more than 700 km from Nairobi. This action vividly portrayed the long-standing traditional friendship between China and Kenya, as well as the noble virtue and manner of the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya who had always earnestly carried out their social responsibilities and brought benefits to the local society. It was hoped that the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya would be more actively engaged in Kenya's society in order to make greater contributions to the economic and social development of Kenya.

Ambassador Liu Guangyuan is delivering a speech

In their remarks, the Kenyan government officials expressed gratitude to China for its selfless assistance to Kenya to fight the drought, and praised the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya for their long-term contribution to the local society and generous donation to the disaster-affected areas in Kenya. They also said that China managed to feed more than 1.3 billion people with only 7% of the world's cultivated land. Such achievement was admirable. Kenya should learn agricultural technologies and disaster relief experience from China, so as to assure that the Kenyan people would no longer suffer from famine.

Hon. Murugi is making her remarks

In his remarks, Mr. Li Qiang said that as a member of the Kenyan society, the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya initiated the "Chinese for Kenya" disaster relief action at the very beginning and had collected 25.6 million Ksh of donations within a short time. Part of the donations was handed over to Kenya Red Cross; part was spent to drill two wells for the drought-striken people; and the rest of the money was spent to buy 60 tons of maize flour and 1000 bags of beans for the "Chinese for Kenya – Relief Food to Turkana Program". This amount of food would be transported to Lodwar, Turkana with a convoy consisted of 12 trucks and distributed directly to the people in Turkana suffering from the famine on September 22nd. The vehicles were provided by several Chinese companies in Kenya, which are China Road-Bridge Co. Ltd., SinoHydro Group Ltd, China Wu Yi Co. Ltd., Great Wall Drilling Company, China Overseas Ltd., Huawei Technology, ZTE Corporation, China Jiangsu International Group Ltd., and China Sichuan International Cooperation Co. Ltd..

Flagging-off

On September 22nd, the Distribution Ceremony was held in Lodwar. Mr. Han Chunlin, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Li Qiang, Chairman of Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association, Mr. Wan Dongsheng, Secretary General of Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association, and officials of Lodwar attended the Ceremony and gave remarks. The 60 tons of maize flour and 1000 bags of beans were handed over to more than 9000 local people at 3 towns. The local officials and people expressed sincere thanks to the Chinese companies and expatriates in Kenya for helping them get over the famine, and praised that this was the largest food assistance to this area ever in the history.

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