Bolt unveils “Flood Assist” category to support Kenyans affected by floods

Bolt, the ride-hailing platform, is partnering with the Kenya Red Cross to support Kenyans affected by floods through a new category on its app, “Flood Assist”.

Bolt’s initial contribution is KES 5 million, with a total goal of raising KES 10 million through this category. 5% of each ride’s revenue from this category will go towards supporting the victims of the recent floods.

The donation targets to help those impacted by recent floods, which have caused significant loss of life, displacement, and damage to property and infrastructure.

“By unveiling the ‘Flood Assist’ category and contributing an initial KES 5 million, we aim to inspire and encourage Kenyans to join us in supporting flood relief efforts. This initiative allows us to use our platform to make a meaningful impact and provide much-needed assistance to those affected by the devastating floods” Linda Ndungu, Country Manager for Bolt Kenya, said.

The death toll in Kenya’s devastating floods has risen to at least 228. 72 people are currently reported missing and 164 have been wounded, with more than 223,000 people have been affected by the floods according to the Government of Kenya. Authorities continue to enforce the evacuation order that was issued on May 2nd. In Nairobi County alone, 163,210 residents have been evacuated from riparian areas as the government arranged alternative accommodation.

Bolt‘s partnership with the Kenya Red Cross will ensure that the funds raised are used to provide relief food, relocation support and reconstruction of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in the affected areas. Kenya Red Cross is leading the government-supported response to the flooding crisis and is well-equipped to ensure that resources reach those in need.

Dr Ahmed Idris Secretary-General of the Kenya Red Cross said “We deeply appreciate Bolt‘s commitment to supporting the flood victims in Kenya. This collaboration is crucial in amplifying our efforts to reach more people and deliver the necessary aid to communities devastated by the floods. With Bolt‘s partnership and their generous initial contribution, we can provide critical support, such as food, shelter, and medical assistance, to those who need it most. It’s through the involvement of partners like Bolt that we can significantly improve the lives of those affected by this disaster.”

Bolt invites Kenyans to join this drive and contribute to the effort by using the “Flood Assist” category for their rides and reach their KES 10 million target. Every ride taken in this category will significantly contribute to improving the lives of those impacted by the floods.

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