St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization

The mission of the organization is to build a society where all children are provided the necessary love and care essential for growth. The organization is run by a small group of local volunteers, dedicated to improving the lives of poor and marginalized children in Kibera, Kenya by promoting their social integration into the community.
Aug 11, 2011

Help Us Win $1,000 in Just Two Clicks

You can help St. Vincent's win $1,000 just by casting your vote for our photo in the Global Giving 2011 Photo Contest! 

It's easy -- all you have to do is "like" our photo on Facebook and the photo with the most votes wins the $1,000!
The contest is open until August 17th.

Voting requires two easy steps:

1) Visit the Global Giving Facebook page and click on the "like" box at http://www.facebook.com/GlobalGiving

2) Then, you must click "like" on our actual photo which is located here:  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150282595663749&set=a.10150282595033749.352304.5878048748&type=1&theater

Thank you for helping us win the competition! $1,000 goes a long way for our nursery school and rescue center in Kibera. For $1,000, we can cover the costs of two daily meals (at our nursery school) for 83 children.

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Aug 11, 2011

Help Us Win $1,000 in Just Two Clicks

You can help St. Vincent's win $1,000 just by casting your vote for our photo in the Global Giving 2011 Photo Contest! It's easy -- all you have to do is "like" our photo on Facebook and the photo with the most votes wins the $1,000! The contest is open until August 17th. Voting requires two steps: 1) Visit the Global Giving Facebook page and click on the "like" box at http://www.facebook.com/GlobalGiving 2) Then, you must click "like" on our actual photo which is located here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150282595663749&set=a.10150282595033749.352304.5878048748&type=1&theater Thank you for helping us win the competition! $1,000 goes a long way for our nursery school and rescue center in Kibera. For $1,000, we can cover the costs of two daily meals (at our nursery school) for 83 children.

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Aug 2, 2011

St. Vincent's Responds to Kenya Food Crisis

Nursery School Students at Play
Nursery School Students at Play

 

Prolonged drought -- dubbed the worst in 60 years -- coupled with soaring global food prices and deteriorating livestock prices has caused a severe food crisis in East Africa (namely in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia). The crisis is characterized as the worst the world has seen since the Great Chinese Famine of the late 1950s. In Kenya, food shortages have reached critical levels and the Kenyan government has declared a national emergency.

While Northern Kenya has been particularly hard hit with a flood of refugees entering from Somalia, people throughout the country are also being affected by the soaring cost of food. In Nairobi’s already vulnerable informal settlements, where most households live on less than a dollar a day, families are unable to afford the cost of food.  
 
St. Vincent’s Response
St. Vincent’s is witnessing the effects of the crisis, as most families of our nursery school children are running out of food. Even under normal circumstances, the two daily meals that our nursery school children receive are sometimes the only meals during the week that children receive. On a typical day, we see children lining up at our gates up to an hour early, eager to receive their first meal of the day which is often times the first meal they've received since lunch the previous day. Under these circumstances, these children and their families are at even great risk.
St. Vincent’s is responding to the crisis by extending our school calendar by at least one week into the summer break so that children can continue to receive the two daily meals provided as part of our program. In addition to the school meals, St. Vincent’s has increased by 50% the number of HIV-affected nursery school families provided with take home food baskets.  Adequate food supply is particularly critical for HIV-affected families, as people taking ARVs require a balanced diet for the medication to be effective.

 

We would like to thank you, our donors, for making this added support possible. Every dollar donated to St. Vincent's goes directly to our programs and is critical to the continuation of our operations.

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