Nov 20, 2014

Feeding hungry children - a Thanksgiving update

Keep these children in mind this Thanksgiving
Keep these children in mind this Thanksgiving

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving day feasts, I want to share with our donors some words of “asante” (thank you in Swahili) from the families who are no longer hungry because of your donations.

From Patricia, the mother of several children: “I and my family are thankful to Global Health for the food program –thank you and God bless you!”

From Mary: “I give a lot of thanks for the support from the food program toward my family. May God bless you all!”

Justine, a staff member of Kisesini clinic who helps distribute the food aid, said: “We are very grateful for the effort that you are doing for these families by providing basic needs for them, which for us as staff we could not have managed with our own money. This morning one of the family members said she is happy for everything you are doing to support them…the food they get monthly has helped to get rid of malnutrition among their children.”

Extreme poverty and food insecurity are a reality for many of the families who live in the villages of rural Kenya. The “Feed Hungry Children in Kenya” project now has 20 families who receive a monthly food ration and clothing for the children from Global Health Partnerships (GHP). The 21st family will be added this month thanks to a generous new donor. These families are among the poorest in Africa. They include children who lost their parents from AIDS, subsistence farmers who lost their crops from drought, and children whose mother died in childbirth. With a $42 monthly donation you can feed another family on the waiting list.

As Project Leader, and one who has personally visited these families, I would like to add my message of gratitude this Thanksgiving for your generosity. Relief from the hunger and child malnutrition can be provided by GHP very effectively and efficiently. As of July 1, 2014, 100% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services! (A GHP Board member is covering all GHP administrative expenses).

Please share your thoughts with us about this program. How can we expand the project to reach other children, also among the poorest, who will go hungry this Thanksgiving?

Aug 26, 2014

Combating hunger in the shadow of AIDS

Nyamai in her home
Nyamai in her home

Nyamai is a widow who lives in Manooni village. She is the sole provider for her three children and one grandchild. The family has been devastated by HIV/AIDS. The father of the children died several years ago, and four children have died, one from severe malnutrition. The family lives in a one room house made of homemade bricks and mud. Nyamai sells fire wood and charcoal but is not able to earn enough to support the family with adequate food, clothing and other essentials. Her children would like to attend school, but the cost of school fees and required uniforms are not affordable with their mother’s meager income. Nicholas Mutuku, the Kenyan nurse who coordinates the “Feed Hungry Children in Kenya” project, has requested that this family be added to those who receive a monthly food ration from Global Health Partnerships (GHP).

Extreme poverty, and the hunger that accompanies this problem, are a reality for many of the families who live in the villages of rural Kenya. Those who suffer most are the poorest whose families are also stricken by AIDS and other chronic illness and who have no reliable source of income to purchase food and other essentials. The GHP project that feeds hungry children has been providing a monthly ration of food and some clothing for the children of 20 families at a monthly cost of $42 per family. The cost has been increasing due to the inflation rate in Kenya. GHP has also decided to assist with school expenses for the children of school age, because the only hope for these children to break out of the cycle of extreme poverty is with education.  

The relief from the hunger and malnutrition can be provided by GHP very effectively and efficiently. As of July 1, 2014, 100% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services! (A GHP Board member is covering all administrative expenses.)

Jun 2, 2014

PREVENTING Child Malnutrition

CHW Alice counseling pregnant women
CHW Alice counseling pregnant women

     Feeding children in rural Kenya who are hungry and malnourished is the major focus of this project, but the prevention of child malnutrition is also emphasized. A malnourished child cannot develop to his or her full potential and is prone to infections that can be fatal. Child feeding practices, such as the duration of exclusive breastfeeding, the types and amounts of weaning foods to give young children, and the preparation and safe storage of the food, are important issues for malnutrition prevention that can be addressed through education of mothers. But the remoteness of the Kenyan villages and extreme poverty limit access for the mothers to nutrition counseling. This is where the volunteer work of the village community health workers (CHWs) comes in. Global Health Partnerships and Kenyan health professionals trained CHWs like Alice (in photo) to provide nutrition and hygiene counseling that starts during a mother’s pregnancy and continues in monthly sessions until the child reached two years of age. The CHWs help the mothers choose a variety of local foods that optimize the nutrition of their children. They advise mothers about good hygiene practices and water treatment to avoid the frequent episodes of diarrhea that contribute to malnutrition. Since the program started in late 2011 over 300 mothers and their children have benefited from the nutrition and hygiene counseling.
     Thank you for the support that you have given to this project. The generous contributions from donors like you provide the vital resources to feed the children who suffer from malnutrition, and also to prevent this widespread problem from affecting many vulnerable children. Over 95% of the donations that are received by Global Health Partnerships go directly into program services!

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