In Kibera, recent food shortages and chronic poverty (most families make less than $2 per day) have severely effected children in the slum. As families have been increasingly unable to afford food, child malnutrition rates have been on the rise. This project will enable St. Vincent's to provide staple food items to our 85 Nursery School families to help them keep their children fed over the upcoming holiday, reaching approximately 500 people.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Over the past year, Nairobi slum dwellers have faced severe food shortages fueled by soaring inflation which has driven up food prices, as well as unemployment. The poorest spend up to 75% of their income on staple foods alone. Families try to cope by reducing meal frequency and quantities, which has led to 1/3 of Nairobi's residents being chronically malnourished. Children in Nairobi's slums are among the unhealthiest in the country, with almost half of children under age 5 being stunted.
How will this project solve this problem?
When school is in session, St. Vincent's provides 2 daily, nutritious meals to all students, which are critical for children's health as they are typically the only ones that children receive during the week. Over the December break, St. Vincent's Nursery School parents and guardians struggle to put food on the table for their families. St. Vincent's provides holiday food baskets that contain staple food items enough to help households feed their families when our school is out of session.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will provide much needed food assistance to 85 Nursery School families, reaching approximately 500 people with nutrition services over the holiday school break.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,125
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,125 . The original project funding goal was $2,125.
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