May 5, 2020

We've supported 104 people this week thanks to you

Hannah with her four children who we support
Hannah with her four children who we support

Hello,

This is such a strange time for all of us. Many of us are separated from our loved ones and dealing with the uncertainty and daily news updates about the COVID-19 outbreak can take its toll on our mental health, we hope you are coping ok. 

Vic and I, and our team in Kenya, want you to know that we're thinking about you. Your support during this challenging time has brought light at a time of darkness and we thank you for continuing to stand by us and these children.

As I’m sure you may expect, the schools in Kenya are closed meaning the children we support are at home with their families and not getting the free school meal they would have been getting. Many of the families we work with have also lost their only source of income due to restrictions in place to stop the spread of the virus. 

Thanks to your on-going support, and to our emergency response fund, this week we have been able to provide emergency support to 23 families supporting 104 family members. We transferred emergency funds to them via mPesa transfer (a mobile phone currency) to adhere to social distancing rules. This enabled the families to buy a month’s supply of food, soap, hygiene products and cooking fuel. Four families were also at risk of being made homeless because they couldn't pay their rent so we have supported them with that too.

Winnie, our Project Manager in Kenya, speaks to the families on a weekly basis to provide specialised counselling support to help through this worrying time. She is also providing essential public health information to prevent the spread of misinformation which can be common in rural areas where the families live. We anticipate needing to provide this level of support for at least another two months as it has been confirmed that the schools will remain shut for at least another month, and restrictions on movement show no signs of being lifted at the moment meaning many will still have no means of earning an income to support their family.

It is costing £30/$37 to provide a month of food and essentials for a family of 5 plus an additional £40/$49 for those who need rent support. It is a worrying time for all of the children and families but they know that we will stand by them now more than ever, thanks to the wonderful support of kind people like you - so we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for enabling us to be there when we are needed the most.

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well.

With best wishes,

Kirsty Erridge - Deputy Director
kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk

 

  

The food Hannah was able to buy for her family
The food Hannah was able to buy for her family
Josephine with her mum and sister & their supplies
Josephine with her mum and sister & their supplies
Judy and her baby daughter
Judy and her baby daughter

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May 5, 2020

We're providing emergency support thanks to you

Faith and her family in Kitui
Faith and her family in Kitui

Hello,

This is such a strange time for all of us. Many of us are separated from our loved ones and dealing with the uncertainty and daily news updates about the COVID-19 outbreak can take its toll on our mental health, we hope you are coping ok. 

Vic and I, and our team in Kenya, want you to know that we're thinking about you. Your support during this challenging time has brought light at a time of darkness and we thank you for continuing to stand by us and these children.

As I’m sure you may expect, the schools in Kenya are closed meaning the children and young people we support are at home with their families and not getting the free meals they would have been getting at our Seed of Hope vocational training centres. Many of the young students we work with, and their family members, have also lost their only source of income due to restrictions in place to stop the spread of the virus. 

Thanks to your on-going support, and our emergency fund, this week we have been able to provide emergency support to 43 students supporting 230 family members. We transferred emergency funds to them via mPesa transfer (a mobile phone currency) to adhere to social distancing rules. This enabled the families to buy a month’s supply of food, soap, hygiene products and cooking fuel. Eight families were also at risk of being made homeless because they couldn't pay their rent so we have supported them with that too.

Florence, our Seed of Hope Manager in Kenya, and the teachers are speaking to all of the students on a weekly basis to provide specialised counselling support to help them through this worrying time. They are also providing essential public health information to prevent the spread of misinformation. We anticipate needing to provide this level of support for at least another two months as it has been confirmed that the schools will remain shut for at least another month and restrictions on movement show no sign of being lifted at the moment meaning many will still have no means of earning an income to support their family.

There was already a huge demand for our free vocational training courses, the demand is only going to increase in the coming months as Kenya tries to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. We know from working in Kenya for 19 years that girls, and the most vulnerable, will always be negatively impacted the most so we are preparing for ways we can increase our support to those who need us most.

It is costing £30/$37 to provide a month of food and essentials for a family of 5 plus an additional £40/$49 for those who need rent support. It is a worrying time for all of the children and families but they know that we will stand by them now more than ever, thanks to the wonderful support of kind people like you - so we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for enabling us to be there when we are needed the most.

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well.

With best wishes,

Kirsty Erridge - Deputy Director
kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk

Rose from Kitui with family and their supplies
Rose from Kitui with family and their supplies
Sharon from Kitui with parents, sister & brother
Sharon from Kitui with parents, sister & brother
Emma, her brother and sister with their supplies
Emma, her brother and sister with their supplies

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Mar 30, 2020

We're already responding, thanks to you!

Left to right: Mercy, Calmax, Gabriel, Evans
Left to right: Mercy, Calmax, Gabriel, Evans
Your donations to our Emergency COVID-19 Appeal have already been put to use supporting our most vulnerable young people - thank you so much for enabling us to respond so quickly. 

We hope you, your friends and family are safe and well.

Your generosity and fast action at this critical time has meant that we've already been able to deliver emergency public health information and practical support to our most vulnerable children, young people and families in Kenya. Pictured, from left to right: 

Mercy  - Fashion Design and Dressmaking student at Seed of Hope- both her parents are casual labourers, right now most work places are closed down and it is a struggle for them to feed their children. Her food supply will last approximately one week as she will share it with her family.

Calmax  - Fashion Design and Dressmaking student at Seed of Hope -   has to work when he isn't at the training centre to pay for his rent and up keep. He was working in a hotel which has closed down due to COVID-19. The money he was earning would be saved for rent and his daily meal would be provided by Seed of Hope. His food supply will last approximately two weeks. 

Gabriel - Motor Vehicle Mechanics student at Seed of Hope -  he depends on the lunch program to eat, his parents send him part of his rent and a small amount for one meal a day which is never enough. He shares a room with another student, Christopher, who has managed to travel to his rural home to see out the pandemic. His food supply will last approximately two weeks. 

Evans - Motor Vehicle Mechanics student at Seed of Hope-  he has no one supporting him, he works when he is not at the training centre to pay for his rent and upkeep, he relied on Seed of Hope for food. The car wash he was working in has closed down so he has no way of making money. His parents are poor in the rural area they cannot support him, he fears going to his rural home because he may not be able to get bus fare to bring him back to Nairobi. His food supply will last approximately two weeks.

We've also been able to establish WhatsApp support groups for each of our classes to support the mental health of students whilst they are in isolation. Staff have been offered counselling themselves and have also been trained remotely in delivering trauma counselling for students. See photos below. 

This morning we heard that the situation at our most rural centre in Kitui is worse than we thought with staff and students very fearful for their livelihoods and what COVID-19 is going to mean for their futures. We are reviewing our response at this centre and will increase our level of support wherever possible. 

Thank you so much for making this work possible. We will keep you updated. 

Stay safe, 

Vic and Mary (UK Director and Kenya Operations Director)

 

Virtual counselling via WhatsApp
Virtual counselling via WhatsApp
Virtual counselling
Virtual counselling
 
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