Makindu Children's Program

The Mission of Makindu Children's Program (MCP) is to provide financial, advisory and technical guidance to Makindu Children's Centre (MCC) and support their efforts to provide nutritional, medical and emotional support, and access to education and vocational training to destitute AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
Feb 16, 2017

Drastic drought continues

A healthy and well fed Mutete.
A healthy and well fed Mutete.

With the drought continuing relentlessly in the Makindu area, access to food remains a big challenge. Unfortunately, most of the families in rural Kenya are now used to having only one meal per day. For many, that one meal comes from Makindu Children's Program. The daily meals offered at the Children's Centre have been very beneficial to hundreds of children who are able to walk there, ensuring that they receive proper nutritrion at least once a day.

Mutete is one of these children lucky enough to live within walking distance of the Centre. She comes daily for the meal and has been able to stay healthy and able to fight off viruses, disease and a host of other infections. With nutrition and health, Mutete has been able to attend school regularly. When she gets home from school, she is able to help her ailing grandmother with chores, including caring for her younger cousins. One good meal a day can save not just a child, like Mutete, but a whole household from misery and ill health.

For those children who live too far to walk to the Centre (and that would be 15 kilometers or more), they can enjoy a meal whenever they travel to Makindu to present at the clinic or hospital or need other services at the office. Most of our kids who are HIV+ take advantage of the meal at the Centre when they come into town for their monthly medical checkups and medications. Proper nutrition helps ensure that they can keep their HIV under control in conjunction with their anti-retrovirals.

Also for the children who live far from Makindu, a large community meal is served at our outreach sites quarterly, feeding 1,800 or more children and their families.

Thank you for helping Mutete and the other children eat and stay healthy!

Kids eat a nutritious meal under the shade tree.
Kids eat a nutritious meal under the shade tree.

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Feb 3, 2017

Holiday Food Basket report

Omondi
Omondi

With the increased drought in the Makindu area of Kenya, access to food is a challenge. Most households struggle to find enough food for just one meal a day. The ongoing food basket deliveries to the neediest households helps alleviate starvation and malnutrition to hundreds of kids and their guardians. Over winter break, with funds from this campaign, 40 HIV infected and affected households received essential nutritional support in the form of Holiday Food Baskets. Without proper nutrition, the children would struggle to live with their HIV.

Omondi, who is living with HIV, and his sister Sofia are enrolled with Makindu Children's Program and their household received a Holiday  Food Basket. The entire household, which includes Omondi, Sofia, their elderly grandmother and 4 cousins  were overjoyed with the extra food and ate well for days!

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Nov 14, 2016

1,800+ kids to be fed on World AIDS Day

Every 3-4 months, Makindu Children's Program facilitates psycho-social support events attended by up to 1,800 or more orphaned and vulnerable children and their guardians. The next PSS day is scheduled to coincide with World AIDS Day, December 1st. An essential part of the day's activities will be the large, nutritious, hot midday meal served to all who attend. It often gets amazingly quiet at lunchtime as this might be the only nutritious meal, certainly the largest, they have had in quite a while.

PSS Fun Days are day long interactions with each of the 5 local sites that Makindu Children's Centre serves, with attendance of all the guardians and children in each area, as well as all of the local community representatives for each region. These are generally facilitated by Makindu social workers. There is a distribution of nutritional supplements, vitamins, bulk food and milk when funding allows, school materials, etc. Interactive conversation provides general support, news, and advocacy, as well as AIDS/HIV and health updates. Child counselors and community health workers hold discussions with children on topics ranging from children’s rights to life skills. Children are weighed and dewormed, and deloused when funding allows. Many engage in games and activities for the children. PSS Days have become an essential time to build and retain camaraderie and support, encouragement, emphasize advocacy, trouble shoot, general assessment and time to ensure that the Guardians, the children and the household needs and concerns are being addressed adequately.

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