Residents of Natoot Village in Kanamkemer Ward celebrated this year’s Turkana Cultural Festival in style after the Tourism Fund delivered a donation of food items worth Ksh 100,000 and a promise of yet another Ksh 100,000 to clear fees for bright but needy secondary school learners from the village.
The donations, a first of its kind directed towards the residents of the area, were witnessed by Kanamkemer Ward MCA, James Ikeny, and Turkana Central Sub-county Administrator Esther Kiyonga.
Hon. Ikeny commended the Fund for the move and called upon them to extend help to other parts of the Ward that host the Festival.
The MCA promised to reach out to other partners through a structured approach for the continuity of the CSR.
While expressing appreciation to the Tourism Fund Board Members, Trustees, Directors, and Staff, who delivered the assistance, Administrator Kiyonga called on other organizations to emulate the move in the coming years to make the festival more meaningful to the neighboring communities.
She divulged that Miss Tourism Turkana had led another team to conduct CSR targeting a local school for children with disabilities during the same period.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Trustee Joseph Sarsar said that the donation was offered as part of the wider CSR program to reach out to the communities in need of such assistance.
Sarsar recounted the role of the Tourism Fund as a government agency concerned with raising funds for the promotion of tourism and supporting events such as the Turkana Tourism and Cultural Festival.
He said that the scholarship money would be delivered to the respective families through the offices of the local administrator and MCA.
The foodstuff delivered included maize flour, rice, and beans.