December 16, 2012

Kenyans donate $200,000 by text for drought victims

Screen Shot 2012-12-16 at 8.15.56 AM.png Kenyans have donated nearly $200,000 (122,000) via mobile phone banking for aid to victims of the worst drought in the region in 60 years. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe BBC's Noel Mwakugu in the capital, Nairobi, says the money has been raised in the first 12 hours of an appeal launched by leading businesses.

The appeal - involving mobile phone company Safaricom, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper and Kenya Commercial Bank - is intended to raise $5.4m.

The companies have urged the public to do a text transfer of at least 10 US cents into a special bank account.

The money will be administered by the Kenya Red Cross Society to help people worst affected by the drought, our reporter says.

More than four million Kenyans - many of them pastoralists in the north - are threatened by starvation.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image from the BBC's coverage "In pictures: Kenya drought changes Turkana way of life".

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