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Jun 3, 2020

A bit of positive news at such a difficult time

The new keyboard is very popular in the music room
The new keyboard is very popular in the music room

Hello,

This is such a strange and difficult time. Many of us are separated from our loved ones, dealing with the uncertainty of Covid-19 and the daily news updates 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 most of the children we support are at home with their families, two children who don't have any family have remained in school and are being cared for by two teachers. 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, we have been able to provide emergency support to several families who have lost their income and are struggling to provide for their children. 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. Some families were also at risk of being made homeless because they couldn't pay their rent so we have supported them with that too.

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.

Some lovely positive news is that when the children return to school they will be able to play on the new playground equipment we installed at the beginning of term and they'll be able to enjoy the new music room which includes a stereo to play music to the children and musical instruments including a keyboard which has been incredibly popular! Play and music equipment is so important for children with special educational needs, particularly the students who have autism as it gives them another sensory means of expressing themselves. We're hoping to provide even more equipment this year.

Work has started on constructing a learning laundry so the children can learn how to wash their clothes, preparing them for a more independent life after school.  We've also finished installing a large greenhouse at one of the schools which will enable them to grow crops which will supplement the breakfast, lunch and dinners for the students - helping to make the school more sustainable.

Thank you once again for standing by us. We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well.

With best wishes,

Kirsty Erridge - Director

kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk



A learning laundry for students
A learning laundry for students
The new greenhouse for growing crops
The new greenhouse for growing crops
Head teacher showing some of playground equipment
Head teacher showing some of playground equipment
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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