The Hunger Relief Concert was Kenya’s music first big act of philanthropy, and the model for other charity gigs. But how much good do these things really do?
“From those to whom much is given, much is expected,” John F. Kennedy
This quote, which is attributed to John F. Kennedy, aptly describes the overwhelming response by the Kenyan people when television images brought home the reality of hunger and deprivation in 13 districts across Kenya back in 2011.
Fast forward to 2017 and The August 7th Memorial Park and Visitor Center, has partnered with various music stakeholders and the Kenya RedCross Society, to conduct a resource mobilization drive that will culminate in a concert on the 15th of April.
The public drive aims to raise awareness, food, funds and other resources to be administered by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). It will also announce drop-off points where dry cereals and other essentials can be donated. Lastly, it will spotlight a public concert dubbed “The Hunger Relief Concert” at the August 7th Memorial Park and Visitor Centre.
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.”
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, and amplify the communiqué online.
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 grams, beans), cooking oil and salt. All donations should be fortified and certified.
For more event details click here. 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