Urgent Aid for Kenya-- Food, Supplies, and Support

 
$4,875
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Mar 23, 2008

Updates from our partners in Kenya

Thanks to continued support and donations from the GlobalGiving community, we were able to make emergency grants to six of our partners in Kenya during the month of February. While the recent peace agreements in Kenya seem to have brought some calm to the country, the work continues to support Kenyan communities who were affected by almost two months of violence and conflict. Below are updates from the six organizations who received funding in February:

GEMINI A huge sigh of relief is almost audible from all parts of the country after a terrifying post-election period.

As usual, GG supporters came in their droves to support us in this trying moment. At a time when all the shops were closed, streets deserted and mayhem reigning, GEMINI volunteers were moving from camp to camp, providing much needed assistance.

"I had no idea that a packet of sugar could come in handy!!" exclaims Mwikali, an internally displaced person at the showground, where over 4,000 people are still stranded.

"Its during a time like this that we appreciate the value of friends. What GEMINI has done cannot be quantified!" she adds.

She was among the 320 persons that benefited from GlobalGiving donations.

Besides providing basic commodities like sanitary towels, beans, sugar and drugs, we were able to provide psychosocial support to affected families. We also organized outreach activities, including sports, Fashion show, board games and a lot of entertainment.

We received reports of women and girls being sexually abused by enraged men. Hundreds of survivors stumbled to health centers for emergency medication. Using our networks, we were able to reach over 245 abused women with Emergency Contraceptives, STD Prophylaxis, pregnancy tests, Urinalysis and HIV testing.

We also recruited more counselors to provide emotional and trauma counseling. With tears flowing and nursing battered spirits, most of the survivors said they had forgiven their assailants.

We will continue to provide Continous Medical Assessment and examination as well as provide psychosocial support and spiritual healing.

We are planning to initiate peace-building activities in the affected communities in the next few weeks.

Thanks so much for all your support!! Full updates from GEMINI are here: http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/1700/proj1643a.html#progressReports and http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/1700/proj1644a.html#progressReports

Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA)

TYSA has mobilized to assist victims of rape and sexual violence. Immediate Response by TYSA included --Organized for post exposure prophylaxis treatment --Offered alternative safe accommodation for the victims and their children --Offering food and clothing --Basic counseling

TYSA has also organized sports and soccer events for affected youth from the internally displaced persons camps. 22 children from the IDP camp at Kachibora had a rare treat from TYSA courtesy of your donations. The under 14 years old children were out playing soccer with their local age mates of Sinyereri soccer Team. They enjoyed themselves out the whole day.

"It was nice being out of the usual tent houses at the camp" --Wafula Eric

Click here to read the updates from TYSA: https://www.globalgiving.com/pr/2100/proj2011d.html#2 and https://www.globalgiving.com/pr/2100/proj2011d.html#1

CHF International The people staying in the camp where we are working say they fled becuase mobs would come to their homes and threaten death.

We started the construction of a shelter project in Kenya’s western province. We will begin constructing today based on the design we have finalized for the prototype. We hope we will be finishing 12 by the end of the day, we will see.

There are huge needs for the displaced families. They do not have an adequate supply of clean water and latrines. In addition, their children are not attending school because their parents fear they will be attacked if they attend. In addition, the IDPs are experiencing serious food shortage.

You can watch a video about CHF relief efforts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAlijM6OCYo

SACRENA

SACRENA’s work focuses on youth and children (particularly orphans) in Kenya. The support we got from the GlobalGiving we spent it for the specific purpose of orphan support.

SACRENA used the GlobalGiving funds for the following activities:

Purchasing uniforms and soccer balls to support 50 orphans playing sports Construction of a toilet for orphans to use Shelter for one family that is caring for orphans Purchasing food for 100 orphans including maize flour and beans.

Full update from SACRENA is here: http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/1800/proj1713d.html#3

Sadili Oval Sadili Oval received, through GlobalGiving, some limited funds towards the emergency effort. These funds served to assist in critical areas of the programme.

Huruma and Mathare areas were adversely affected, with more than 500 families in one particular village having all their property and homes razed to the ground. Families found refuge in camps, mainly the local police station and the chief, camp. The situation has since 10th February, has changed somewhat, with the IDPs getting evicted from the police station for security reasons. At Soul Winning Church, the number of families living in tents had reduced considerably, as they were receiving support to get housing and rent. However, they continue to arrive during the day to get fed and receive some non-food items such as blankets. At Dmolly centre and Myoto Junior Academy (schools), many of the displaced children are received, taught and cared for. We have distributed food (sugar, unimix, maize flour) and blankets to these areas. A number of NGOs and international organisations are now actively involved in Mathare, and this has assisted those within the Chief’s camp. From reports that we receive from Dandora Deaf, there are IDPs who are staying with friends, or hiding amongst neighbours, straining the already poor resources. We are continuing to seek them through various groups and provide basic support, as the numbers in the caps reduce. In addition, we have assisted Reality Tested in setting up a feeding centre at their office in Huruma, which will take care of displaced children in the community. We hope to maintain this centre for another two months or until the situation on the ground stabilises.

Kibera was the worst hit area in Nairobi, with a large majority of business premises, homes in Olympic and Laini Saba, a petrol station, and the Toi Market razed to the ground. Many people, largely Kikuyu, Kibera continues to be the centre of turmoil in the city, and sporadic battles are fought between the police and protesting youth, and between gangs. Night-time (8 pm and 4am) in Kibera is fraught with security problems, with women and children raped and people in homes robbed of their property becoming a constant story. A number of IDPs are now returning back slowly to Kibera, but are faced with the challenge of shelter, food, water and how to get their lives back to normalcy. There has been a lot of pressure on the available meagre resources in the villages that remained intact, as many homes now provide shelter for those who were affected. This means that food, medicines, sanitation and water are a major requirement. Schools have also opened and remain the only safe and secure place for many children. As a result of the problems, many families lack the funds to take their children to school, and in the case of those who are in sponsored schools, the children lack the stationary that they need to begin school. This has meant that many schools have not been able to function well. Through this partnership, we have been able to provide some food to some of the functioning schools in our network to ensure that those children who go there will be able to get a good nutrition, at least until the WFP feeding program kicks in again later this year.

Since the first week of January 2008, Sadili set up a medical camp in a fire-gutted (former) bar in Kibera, opposite the Sarangombe Police Station and welcomed any medical staff and public spirited citizen to offer volunteer services to the sick and injured. This unique camp continues to run every Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and sees between 400 and 700 people (depending on the skirmishes). The type of illnesses seen have changed from mainly injury-related cases to those linked to over-crowding and poor sanitation.

You can read the full update (along with photos) from Sadili Oval here: http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/1700/proj1665a.html#progressReports

Best Buddies BBK FALLS VICTIM In Nairobi where Best Buddies Kenya operates, some of its stronghold programs were not spared either. Two of our Best Buddies High school chapters,Ngei High school and St. Genesis High school which fall under the mathare area where hundreds of lives have been lost, houses torched and properties looted were also affected. Both peer buddies and buddies of these chapters who live within mathare have been directly and indirectly affected with the aftermath. Some of these students’ houses have been torched, looted and even some lost their loved ones in the skirmishes which were mostly generated by a fight between the two communities.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT Due to this tough situation, it has been hard for these students to cope up again with their normal life which includes reporting back to school for their new term. School necessities have been a big shortage and a major obstacle to them. As a result of this, Best Buddies Kenya is planning to donate school supplies, exercise books, text books and pens to support their educational endeavours through the Global Giving Kenya Relief Funds.

Jan 25, 2008

Kenya Response Update

GEMINI photo-- Tents in the displaced persons camp
GEMINI photo-- Tents in the displaced persons camp

Dear friends,

Thanks to your support, GlobalGiving has made emergency grants to three of our partner organizations in Kenya. These grants will support the relief activities of GEMINI, Health and Water Foundation, and Sadili Oval, and allow them to respond to ongoing needs in their communities. Below are more details about these three organizations, quotes from the projects, and how they are responding in Kenya:

GEMINI —Stella Amojong Omunga, project leader Quote: “As I told you before, neither police batons nor the deliberate, systematic violence in the streets can dampen our spirits....the struggle has to go on!! Even with increased violence, we are planning to visit the camps today (say a prayer for us!) and distribute some food and water.” Activities: GEMINI continues to meet the most fundamental needs of displaced families: Sleeping Tents, bags & Blankets, Mosquito nets, Supplementary foods for children, Sanitary towels for women, Infants’ needs: napkins, porridge flour, clothes, Nutritional foods: beans, maize flour, rice and milk, Learning materials: Books, school uniforms. Click the links at the bottom of the update to see some photos Stella took in her town of Eldoret.

Health and Water Foundation—Evans Misati James, project leader Quote: “Thanks for your concern about our safety and just want to report to you that at Health and Water Foundation we are safe with our families but the community where we carry out our projects (Nyanza province, parts of Kisii and Nyamira) was badly affected. As Health and Water Foundation we have put together ten university students who are working for us as representatives in the rescue camps which are basically the police stations and churches around Kisii.” Activities: HWF is mobilizing both partners and resources to address immediate issues currently facing Kenyans who have been affected by the humanitarian crisis. HWF assistance is helping the affected populations in the face of widespread violence and human rights abuse as well as delivering and household items, nutrition services, food assistance, clean water supply and improving sanitation. The urgent needs we are requesting funds to assist the displaced persons are:

1. Household needs in the form of clothes, and cooking utensils. Mosquito nets and sanitary pads for girls and women as well as Jerricans for water storage. 2. Education materials in form of school uniforms as most were lost during the skirmishes. 3. The areas of Health, nutrition, Water and sanitation are in urgent need of help especially in the camps where there is not enough water for all and therefore little or no effort to ensure its cleanliness. The absence of toilet facilities in these camps also poses a great risk as they are prone to cholera outbreak. 4. Food distribution. At least, three months supplies of food rations for the directly affected populations of kisii and kericho (maize flour, cooking oil, maize grains, beans and vegetables).

Sadili Oval—Dr. Liz Odera, project leader Quote: “We have been very busy since the problems began in Kibera. There has been a lot of tribal animosity that has made people, which, coupled with unfortunate wildness of youth gangs, led to even greater loss of life and economic livelihoods due to indiscriminate burning, raping and looting. Thereafter, many are now left hungry, there is a great shortage of water, and no electricity.” Activities: 1. Assisting the Red Cross with security and mapping out of the community needs, so that food could distributed and made available more easily. 2. We are also, together with a team of 6 doctors, 8 nurses and a number of volunteers, running a medical camp within Kibera twice a week, offering much needed care to the sick and those who have been badlyinjured in the skirmishes. It costs US$5000 for medicines per medical camp 3. We are also seeking 1200 of the most vulnerable children and their families, and offering them food at Sadili every two days. Some of the children are lost, and our community coaches are working day and night to find them and organise some care for them. Click the link below to read more about the Sadili Oval response and see photos from Kibera.

GEMINI photo-- families wait for water
GEMINI photo-- families wait for water

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