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William and All: Mercy Train Finishes First Trip (Kenya)/UYOGA and more

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear William and All, It was great to see you posting recently and to know a bit more about your work and ideas for the future. And thanks so much for alerting
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2009
      Dear William and All,
       
      It was great to see you posting recently and to know a bit more about your work and ideas for the future. And thanks so much for alerting us to the Mercy Train!  Below are a couple articles and urls...it was apparently a very successful trip, though the need will be ongoing and structural changes are also important.
       
      How is the food situation in TZ, and what is being done about it, if so?
       
      And what are the plans for UYOGA?
       
      With thanks and greatest blessings, Janet

      http://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=56433

      Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shaban Friday flagged off the Mercy Train carrying 80 metric tonnes of food to be distributed in various centers between Nairobi and Mombasa on its first leg.

      The train carrying over 17 million shillings worth of food aid will make deliveries at designated points in its three-day journey.

      Kenya Railways General Manager Golicha Tatache explained that the Mercy Train will go to other areas which include Northern Kenya, Eastern and parts of Rift Valley provinces in the second leg.

      Golicha says about 20 million shillings more is needed to feed the hunger stricken families.

      The Mercy train is a partnership of the Standard Group, Tuskys supermarket, Kenya Railways and Kenya Commercial Bank to alleviate hunger in Kenya.

      Minister flags off mercy train

      Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shaban Friday flagged off the Mercy Train carrying 80 metric tonnes of food to be distributed in various centers between Nairobi and Mombasa on its first leg.

      The train carrying over 17 million shillings worth of food aid will make deliveries at designated points in its three-day journey.

      Kenya Railways General Manager Golicha Tatache explained that the Mercy Train will go to other areas which include Northern Kenya, Eastern and parts of Rift Valley provinces in the second leg.

      Golicha says about 20 million shillings more is needed to feed the hunger stricken families.

      The Mercy train is a partnership of the Standard Group, Tuskys supermarket, Kenya Railways and Kenya Commercial Bank to alleviate hunger in Kenya.

      http://www.eastandard.net/InsidePage.php?id=1144010075&cid=4

      http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Local/Mercy-Train-ends-first-mission-3867.html

      Mercy Train ends first mission

      BY CATHERINE KARONG'O
      Update 5days and 11 hours and 54 minutes ago

      NAIROBI, Kenya, March 30 - After three days of delivering food to about 10 hunger stricken areas in the country, the Mercy Train is back in Nairobi.

      The train laden with over Sh17 million worth of food aid pulled out of the Nairobi Railway station on Friday morning for distribution to areas between Nairobi and Mombasa.

      Capital FM has partnered with the Standard group, Kenya Railways Corporation, Kenya Commercial Bank and Tuskys supermarket in a three week campaign to collect funds to assist in alleviating hunger.

      Deputy News Editor Laura Walubengo who was on the Mercy Train said they made drop offs at Ulu, Kiu, Kima, Sultan Hamud, Emali, Kibwezi, Mtito Andei, Mackinnon road and Samburu.

      “These are the places we stopped to distribute food and about 600 families benefited in each stop,” she said.

      She added that about 336 bales of flour and several cartons of cooking oil were distributed in all the points.

      “There were more families at the distribution stops than we could benefit,” Ms Walubengo added.

      The Mercy Train carried 80 metric tonnes of food as it traversed its first leg.

      Kenya Railways General Manager Golicha Tatache explained that the Mercy Train would make deliveries in other parts of the country in the second leg of the Capital FM co-sponsored relief initiative.

      Early this year, President Mwai Kibaki declared the ongoing famine in the country a national emergency.

       

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