Help us feed our partner centers and their children in this time of need.
A couple of weeks ago, we sent out an update detailing how we were preparing to respond to COVID-19 for our partners in Kenya. Much of that was simply monitoring the situation that had not yet hit the country, and preparing our projects to transition to support mode for the local communities.
We have reached that point. As of April 30th, 2020, there are 394 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 related deaths in Kenya. There is currently a mandatory, countrywide curfew imposed between 7pm-5am. While this swift and stringent response by the government to keep their citizens safe should be lauded, the economic and social repercussions of the lockdown are severely impacting certain populations, including the children and staff in our partner homes.
Additionally, many of our partners have outreach programs that serve homeless and street children - those have been shut down. And finally, all educational programs and schools have shuttered as well, leaving children without education and school-related meal programs.
Our farms are thriving and supplying the much-needed fruits and vegetables to the centers and surrounding community. Our partners normally receive part of their funding, specifically for dry food, from local donors. However, due to the economic difficulties being experienced across the country, donations are drying up as people go into survival mode. We and our partners have decided on the following course of action
We also have decided that this is time to make sure we maximize on production in our farms so that we can produce enough vegetables for the children and the surrounding community and where possible share with surrounding persons who might not afford to purchase from the farm.
We need your help - we are kicking off the campaign with a $5,000.00 contribution, and we hope to raise at least $5,000 more in order to fund dry food for at least the next month for 584 children and staff across 6 of our partner homes.
That’s equivalent to $15 per person, per month.
The dry foods consist of staples such as maize, beans , lentils, green grams, rice among others
Remember, our farms and projects are providing our partners with essentials such as milk, eggs, clean water, fruits and vegetables. This is amazing considering the food insecurity that is currently hovering over Kenya not only due to COVID-19, but the devastating locusts that have plagued East Africa for months.
Our partners receive a significant portion of their funding, specifically for dry food, from donors around the world. However, due to the economic shutdown being experienced across the globe, these donations are dwindling.
With the rising costs of food, this strain on their budget has led several of our partners to make difficult decisions in terms of their staffing. Some have had to lay off essential staff members such as social workers and teachers in order to weather the storm.
The trickle-down effect of these layoffs could be detrimental to the children living in their homes. Social workers who had been previously working on reuniting a child with family are no longer on the cease, and beloved teachers, who form primary bonds with many of the children, are no longer around as a stable adult figure in their lives.
To help ease our partner's financial burden and food insecurity, we are kicking off a Dry Foods fundraising campaign. We are contributing $5,000.00 of internal funding to start, and we hope to raise at least $5,000.000 more in order to help our partners purchase dry foods need to sustain a combined 584 children and staff across 6 centers for an entire month.
That’s equivalent to $15 per person, per month!
More importantly, by funding the dry food costs, we help ease financial burdens for our partners so they may retain their staff on payroll and continue to give surplus produce from the farms to families and community members in need.
But WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are fundraising through the GoFundMe charity platform as they have pledged to match a minimum of $1,000 in donations for NGO's fundraising for COVID-19 related relief, which during this time can certainly go a long way in helping us reach our goals.
Will you help us match our $5,000 kick-off? Any contribution will help children and staff obtain well-balanced meals during this time, and help us support local communities beyond our partners with food security!