Kenya Red Cross gets Sh1.5m equipment donation from Karcher


Karcher Country Managing Director Richard Mumo hands over a high-pressure professional cleaning machine to Venant Ndigila, Kenya Red Cross Disaster Response Manager. [Courtesy]

The Kenya Red Cross Society has today received a machine donation worth Sh1.5 million from German equipment manufacturer Karcher.

The donation comprising high-pressure washers, wet and dry cleaners will boost the society’s efforts in providing relief and support to flood-prone areas.

Richard Mumo, the firm's Country Managing Director said the donation aims to support the Kenya Red Cross in its ongoing response to the severe impact of flooding in Kenya, following days of heavy downpours.

The flooding, which occurred in many parts of the country, left a trail of destruction and deaths- and has adversely affected critical infrastructures like roads and schools.

Mumo said these machines will aid in the rapid and efficient clean-up of homes, schools, and public spaces that have been marooned by floodwaters, ensuring a safer and healthier environment for the affected people.

The donation he said includes 10 professional high-pressure washers and 10 heavy-duty wet & dry vacuum cleaners which are essential equipment for cleaning and restoration in flood-affected areas.

“As responsible corporate citizens, one of our key pillars is our commitment to culture, nature, and society. It is in this spirit that we seek to collaborate with the Kenya Red Cross in its efforts to respond to the ongoing flooding crisis across the country,” said Mumo.

He emphasised the need for collaborative efforts in tackling the impacts of natural disasters, noting that Kärcher is dedicated to supporting Kenyans in times of need and contributing to sustainable development.    

He was speaking during the donation handover ceremony where the equipment was received by the Red Cross team, headed by Venant Ndigila, Manager of Disaster Response.

While expressing gratitude for the generous donation, Ndingila said, “This contribution by is a testament to the power of public-private partnerships in addressing humanitarian crises. The equipment provided will significantly enhance our capacity to assist those affected by the floods and expedite the recovery process.”

He acknowledged the critical role of such donations in the organization’s response efforts.

“The high-pressure washers and vacuum cleaners will be invaluable in our clean-up operations, helping us restore normalcy in the affected areas more swiftly. We are thankful for Kärcher’s support and look forward to continued collaboration in our humanitarian missions,” said Ndigila.

Kenya has been grappling with severe flooding, which has displaced thousands of families and caused extensive damage to infrastructure.

The Kenya Red Cross has been at the forefront of the response efforts, providing emergency assistance, including shelter, food, and medical care to those affected.