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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 2:15pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $50 million to support Kenya’s response and recovery efforts to meet the immediate and longer-term challenges that COVID-19 is posing.

"The American people have always been generous to those in need around the world, and today Kenya is facing the compound challenges of COVID-19, flooding, and locusts.  We are focusing on ensuring resources get to the counties and communities, because Kenya’s communities are Kenya’s greatest asset in overcoming these challenges,” stated U.S. Ambassador Kyle L. McCarter.

Building on fifty-five years of partnership, and with the government and people of Kenya in the lead, USAID is implementing the following:

This hand hygiene demonstration was conducted during USAID’s MTaPS training for master trainers. The training focused on providing optimized care for infected patients as well as how to limit secondary infections among healthcare workers, other patients, and close contacts.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 11:00am

The U.S. Government announced today that it will support the Government of Kenya’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through an additional $500,000 investment. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will implement the response in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Health and County Governments.  Today’s announcement brings total U.S. assistance for Kenya’s response to COVID-19 to $1 million.

File Photo: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) food assistance being unloaded at Mombasa port.
Monday, December 23, 2019 - 12:15am

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) announces the arrival of 18,300 metric tons of food assistance at the Mombasa port.  The bulk shipment, which will be distributed through the World Food Program (WFP), arrived at port this week and is valued at approximately KES 340 million ($3.4 million).  The assistance is part of the larger U.S. government support to Kenya for food security relief and long-term resilience building among vulnerable Kenyans which in 2019 totaled almost KES 10.2 billion ($102 million).

(From left to right) Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Ms Aurelia Micko Director, Kenya & East Africa Environment Office at USAID and Mr Luther Anukur, IUCN Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa officially launch the new USAID supported initiative to protect East Africa’s natural resources.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 9:15am

The U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching a new joint initiative with the East African Community (EAC) to protect the region’s natural resources.

USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick (in white shirt) commissions the Bula Mpya borehole in Isiolo County. This is the first of five scalable water innovations that the United States is supporting through Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development.
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 2:15am

Today, Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya RAPID) launched Bula Mpya Water System that will serve 1,500 people in Isiolo. This program is supported by the United States government through USAID, in partnership with the Millennium Water Alliance, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Coca-Cola Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), and County Government of Isiolo. The Bula Mpya Water System is part of the U.S. global water strategy which envisions a water-secure world, one in which people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient. USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick presented remarks at the launch.

USAID Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa Mark Meassick (L) and the Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya during the Generation Kenya graduation ceremony. USAID supports the initiative which trains youth to learn the skills they need for entry-level jobs.
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:30pm

Today, 4,000 Kenyan youth graduated from Generation Kenya with new skills to help them find and keep employment in high growth sectors and secure a prosperous future for themselves.  Generation Kenya is a public-private program, supported by the U.S. government through its development agency, USAID, and in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and Safaricom Foundation.  USAID Mission Director Mark Meassick and Generation Kenya CEO Ramakrishnan Hariharan presided over the graduation ceremonies.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, shakes hands with the Governor of Turkana County, Josphat Nanok after officially opening the Lodwar Livestock Market. Looking on is the Cabinet Secretary for Arid and Semi-arid Lands Eugene Wamalwa and USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Heather Schildge.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:00am

Today in Turkana County, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec opened the Lodwar Livestock Market, which was upgraded through 38 million Kenya Shilling (US $380,000) in funds from the U.S. government to improve the market’s infrastructure and water system. The improved structures and facilities will spur economic growth in the livestock industry and create wealth, employment and resilience within the community.

Koota Injena Launch
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:45am

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Amref Health Africa, together with the Governors of Marsabit and Samburu Counties, and the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, launched a new approach to ending child marriage and eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through partnership with clan elders and youth leaders.  The three-year “Koota Injena” (“Come let us talk”) project, made possible by a grant of Ksh372.5 million from the U.S. Government, will work with vulnerable girls who are at risk of child marriage and FGM in the Rendille, Borana, Gabra, and Samburu communities.

Vehicles donated by USAID to the Kenya Wildlife Service
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:30pm

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala in launching a fleet of 26 new vehicles donated to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The vehicles will support KWS in combating wildlife trafficking and poaching. Four additional vehicles will be purchased in the future.

Global Water Coordinator James Peters and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok officially commission the Lorengelup Community Water Project. Looking on is USAID’s Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa Tina Dooley-Jones
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:15pm

Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, launched three water and sanitation (WASH) projects in Kenya. The events were presided over by the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment and Acting Global Water Coordinator James Peters and USAID’s Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa Tina Dooley-Jones. 

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Last updated: May 15, 2020

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