Music for Food
A lot of our readers have not been directly affected by the drought. By affected I don’t mean constant water cut outs or a hike in the price of flour. I mean staring death in the face because there’s no food and barely any hope for any. We’ve been contacted by Jonathan Karanja, GM of DrumJam Entertainment, and he’s asked us to share this information that details how we all as NUrobians and Kenyans in general can help stave off death for a lot of people. Forget that we have an apathetic government (or inept you decide what you want to term them as) here’s a chance for us all to assist the Kenya Redcross and all their partners in helping 3 million Kenyans facing starvation.
The Hunger Relief Concert is a Music for Food initiative by a group of event organizers partnering with Musicians, Bands, Media Houses and the Kenya Red Cross with the aim of providing a platform for food and cash donation in support of the millions of Kenyans experiencing hunger and starvation in response to the saddening scenes that have been witnessed over the past few weeks.
Three (3) million Kenyans are facing starvation and are in need of urgent assistance. More than 357, 285 children are acutely malnourished with at least three counties of Turkana, Marsabit and Mandera reporting a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) Rate of above 30%. A total of 13 counties are in the Alarm Stage and another 10 counties in the Alert stage. The situation continues to escalate, which the Kenya Red Cross Society describes as, “an extreme drought situation where all water sources have dried out and 90% of the total population not only rely on relief food but also need water supply for survival”
Mathewmatix’s Entertainment Director Mathew Rabala, one of the organisers of the drive, reiterated the need for Kenyan’s to come together in response to this crisis. To the musicians he stated that “the initiative’s mission is to increase awareness and support through the sharing of great music. This is for people in the country who are struggling with food insecurity, and also to teach musicians about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities.”
Amyn Manji of Project 10 Consulants quoted Muhammad Ali’s saying that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. He continued to say that “When we look around us, we can only be grateful and feel immense blessings on how fortunate we are, to have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and 3 square meals a day. To most of us, these are basic necessities. Unfortunately, to quite a large number of us, these are privileges. We should do all in our power to bless it forward and support this noble cause. Remember, however small your donation, someone’s prayers are being answered by your actions.”
Makadem, one of the artistes taking part in the initiative also shared some of his sentiments during today’s press release. He said that it is important that artistes take part in this initiative, because they are the biggest beneficiaries of the Kenyan population. He urged them to participate, amd amplify the communiqué online.
August 7th Memorial Park & Visitor Centre General Manager Natasha Mbugguss said the park stood as a symbol of peaceful coexistence and was compelled to do what they can to ease the suffering of millions of Kenyans “May the innocent victims of this drought be reassured that we stand together with them through this difficult time. As tragic as these events are rest in the knowledge that it has strengthened our resolve to work for a world in which man is able to live alongside his brother in peace.”
The drive will run for 3 weeks up to 15th April where we will have a Hunger Relief Concert with live performances from various artistes. The August 7th Memorial Park will serve as a base operation for the initiative serving as a food collection point, information centre and eventually the host location for the Upcoming concert on the
15th of April from 11am to 5pm.
There is a collection point setup at the August 7th Memorial Park for those interested in making a food donation. Food donations include rice, maize flour, pulses (green grammes, beans), cooking oil and salt. All donations should be fortified and certified.
One can also donate directly to the Red Cross through mobile payment options:
Mpesa paybill number: 10000
Account Name: Drought.
Airtel Money Business Name: Red Cross
Account Name: Drought.
EazzyPay Paybill: 200000
Account Name: Drought