On October 30, 2020, The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it would collaborate with the Kenyan government to offer aid to over 24,000 families affected by the pandemic in Mombasa and Nairobi counties. This aid program receives contributions from US AID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
Before the lockdowns caused by COVID-19, Mombasa County’s economy relied heavily on its tourism sector. Thus, many businesses and livelihoods in Mombasa have suffered since the pandemic’s start. Further, many families in Nairobi and Mombasa live in over-crowded slums and rely on informal means of income. These income sources have largely vanished due to COVID-19. Thus, the aid provided by the WFP will be imperative to sustaining the livelihoods of these urban poor families.
Supported families will receive 4,000 Kenyan shillings monthly for three months to cover part of their monthly food expenses. Families will also receive additional nutrition for women and children. The intention is that the aid provided by the WFP will supplement social protection programs being run by the Kenyan government to ease hunger among the urban poor in the country.