Pastoralist Child Foundation (PCF) is dedicated to assisting pastoralist (semi-nomadic) communities in Samburu, Kenya during the Covid-19 pandemic. On April 1 we started an initiative to provide rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil, and tea leaves to 6 villages, feeding 355 households totaling 1,775 people. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to feed 10 additional villages where families are food insecure.
You see, there is no food. The recent historic and devastating locust invasion, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic requires immediate action. All students are home from school and all workshops are cancelled until further notice. In the meantime, food is very scarce and there's the threat of another locust invasion. Local markets are closed!
This infestation of desert locusts first arrived in East Africa last June, feeding on hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops and pastureland and chomping a path of destruction through at least eight countries. Scientists say due to above average rainfall this season they are likely to achieve two generations of new locust breeding by June this year, increasing their population size up to 400 times.
East Africa already has 20 million severely food insecure people, who barely eat enough to fill their stomachs each day, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO). This new wave of locusts poses a serious threat to food security, and now anticipating a sharp rise in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.
Farmers and pastoralists haven’t gotten a break at all. A tiny, one-square-kilometer locust swarm is capable of consuming the same amount of food in one day as approximately 35,000 people. Experts estimate they destroyed at least 30% of the pastureland they landed on in Kenya. With the locust swarms gaining size and strength right now, experts fear that up to 100% of farmers’ budding crops could be consumed, leaving some communities with nothing to harvest.
PCF is also reaching out to villages to teach safe sanitation practices on how to make and wear masks, keeping safe social distancing, and installing hand washing stations.
We'd love to feed 10 more villages. Will you join us? Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the communities we serve, thank you for your kind consideration! If you feel the love, please share our campaign with your network of friends and families. Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Asante sana! Grazie! Danke! Дякую! धन्यवाद!
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