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Kenyan envoy thanks Qatar for helping country, Kenyan expats amid COVID-19

Kenyan envoy thanks Qatar for helping country, Kenyan expats amid COVID-19

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
The Kenyan ambassador to Qatar has thanked the Qatar government for supporting the Kenyan community in Qatar as well as Kenya as a country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Kenyan embassy, the Kenyan community has received food supplies and vouchers from organisations and ministries, including Qatar Charity; the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Ministry of Interior, to feed Kenyans who could not meet their daily food needs.
During the EId Al-Adha celebrations, the community received 500 vouchers which allowed recipients to get food rations from Al Meera supermarkets.
Besides, Qatar has donated medical equipment worth $250,000 to help Kenya in the fight against COVID-19 through the Qatar embassy in Nairobi.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Kenyan Ambassador to Qatar HE Paddy C Ahenda thanked Qatar for the support it has given to the Kenyan expatriates and the country.
He said, “I am grateful to the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for always remembering us. Besides helping Kenyan expatriates during the Eid Holidays, Qatar has remembered us during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when many Kenyans were laid off from work. Some Kenyans were laid off not because they were not working well but because of the challenges associated with the pandemic worldwide.”
According to him, the Kenyan community in Qatar received nearly 13,000 tonnes of food during the pandemic excluding the vouchers. “With Qatar’s generosity, Kenyans didn’t go hungry,” he said.
Regarding the 500 food vouchers, the ambassador said they had already been distributed to those in need in the community.
“When we received the vouchers, I immediately handed them over to the community leaders so that they could make a list of prospective beneficiaries. The list of those who received the vouchers came back to me and then sent to Qatar Charity,” he said.
In early April, Qatar Charity delivered a consignment of food items to feed more than 500 Kenyan households in Qatar in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

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