Laikipia virus fund raises Sh54.7m, to cushion thousands of vulnerable families

Approximately 25,000 households with vulnerable families were identified and registered.

In Summary

• The committee had targeted to reach an estimated 25,000 vulnerable families but exceeded the number reaching 27,910 households.

• This is about 18.3 per cent of households in Laikipia County.

The Laikipia County government has reached out to at least 27,910 vulnerable households in its 15 wards, cushioning them from adverse effects of Covid-19.

This follows the successful setting up of the Laikipia County Covid-19 Emergency Committee by Governor Ndiritu Muriithi on April 7, 2020.

In the fund drive and programme execution, the 11-member committee led by the Laikipia County Development Authority chairman James Mworia oversaw mobilisation of resources worth Sh54.7 million.


This was through fundraising from individuals and corporate, funds from the County Emergency Fund kitty, donations in kind for sanitizers and water tanks and the adopt-a-village model through which organisations made direct donations to select villages.

“In the initial stages, the committee received mostly cash donations which were used to purchase foods packs,” Mworia, who is also the Centum Investment Group CEO explains in the Emergency Committee Interim Report-2020 shared on Tuesday.

As the initiative progressed the committee received food donations in kind.

They received wheat flour from Bakex Limited, maize flour from Capwell industries and chickpeas from Dhiren Chandaria.

Approximately 25,000 households with vulnerable families were identified and registered based on the county government’s NHIF M-jali database.

They were then validated by a team made up of county assembly members, the clergy, community health volunteers and area chiefs.

The term 'vulnerable families' refers to familial living situations that are considered problematic, with a particular need for social responsibility needed.



Of the total recourse, Sh11.5 million was raised by the Covid-19 Emergency Committee with Sh30.6 million coming from the County Emergency Fund.

Direct food donations under the Adopt-a-village model were valued at Sh7.9 million while other donations in kind, such as sanitizers, tanks, were valued at an estimated Sh3.2 million.

Care packs purchased from the Covid-19 Emergency Committee funds totalled Sh10.8 million, covering 6,021 families at an average cost of Sh1,795, the report shows.

Care packs purchased from the County Emergency Fund were valued at Sh30.6 million, for 17,600 families at an average cost of Sh1,742.

Food donations received in-kind and distributed by the committee were valued at Sh6.4 million, reaching 3,567 families at average Sh1,795 per pack.

Food donations under the Adopt-a-Village model totalled Sh1.6 million reaching 722 families, with an average cost of Sh2,207.

About 94,894 people were reached in the programme that saw the distribution of maize flour, beans, salt, cooking fat, maize grains, rice, bar soaps among others.

The drive also saw Sh1.2 million raised as logistic costs, which went into the Zero Contact Distribution System (ZCDS) developed by Tribus TSG, a subsidiary of Centum Investment.

It was funded by the Master Card Foundation and was employed to facilitate the orderly and safe distribution of the care packs.

“We take this opportunity to thank all our donors and facilitators who made great sacrifices to support the residents of Laikipia during these times of adversity,” the committee said.

It is comprised of Michael Dyer (ranchers member), Margaret Lesuuda, (education member), Irene Wamithi (legal),Wangari Macharia( hospitality), Wilfred Kimotho (transport) and Josh Perret( tourism).

Fr. John Nene and Bishop Joel Waiguru represent the clergy while Njenga Kahiro and Jesse Mugo are from the county government secretariat, with Mworia the chair.

The closure of bars, restrictions on the operation of restaurants and the 9 pm to dawn curfew has affected thousands of businesses, rendering millions of Kenyans jobless.

Nanyuki has an estimated 149,271 households at an estimated 3.4 persons per unit.