The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has resulted in the deaths of 443, 685 people (as of June 17, 2020) globally and has led to the suspension of most economic activities devastating people’s means of livelihood. It has also led to the closure of learning institutions. In Kenya, the Ministry of Education has put in place strategies to ensure continuity of education through distance online learning delivered through radio, television and the Internet. However, these strategies have further widened the inequality gap, as learners from poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households are unable to benefit from continued learning through these platforms due to lack of access.
Further, with the loss of livelihoods particularly in low-income households, some children may be forced into income-generating activities to support their families’ survival. Also, school closure has stopped the provision of school meals and sanitary towels, which children from disadvantaged families rely on significantly. This raises the risks of young girls engaging in transactional sex in order to gain not only access to these essential needs but also to support their families. There is evidence that links poverty, lack of family support, and transactional sex to increase in teenage pregnancies especially in informal settlement where children are giving birth to children.
Community Focus Group is working to mitigate the effects of Covid 19 on our Children , our Climate ,and our community!
Thank you for your support! Theres room to do more to mitigate the effects of this pandemic!
Nov 23, 2020
Covid-19 And Climate Change
By Pamela Ateka - Project Leader
Climate change is the third main driver of the reversal in global poverty reduction: its effects are already evident but will intensify in the years to come. Under baseline scenarios, the combined effects of climate change could push between 68 million and 132 million more people into poverty by 2030.
A changing climate affects the availability of clean water and the salination of soil, and increases sea levels and average temperatures, all of which are steadily and inexorably making life more difficult for the poorest. With their livelihoods predominantly based on agriculture and fishing, the poorest are least able to adapt or move elsewhere—even though they have contributed least to this problem in the first place.
The impacts of climate change can also raise food prices, worsen people’s health, and increase exposure to disasters. Although the poor are not always the most exposed, they are certainly more vulnerable and less resilient to the impacts of climate change. The richest and most energy intensive countries have contributed the most to this problem, but they can assist the poorest countries by upholding sustained commitments to reducing their carbon emissions, investing in new energy technologies, and allowing higher levels of migration.
But, as noted in the World Bank’s Shock Waves report, even the boldest actions for reducing global poverty are most likely to help after, rather than before, the 2030 goal. In the short term, however, global cooperation to facilitate poor communities’ more effective adaptation and resilience to the effects of climate change is both a moral imperative and a strategic necessity.And community Focus Group project is working towards this, We need more support Will you join us ?
P.S text from - Poverty and shared prosperity ( World Bank)
Oct 19, 2020
We can Still Make More difference!
By Pamela Ateka - Project Leader
For the very first time in a long time the world has the same problem -Covid-19 and its Impact has been felt in the lives of over 50,000 teenage girls in Kenya , most of the teenage pregnancies during the quarantine period were outcomes of Rape ,and sexual violence and now the lives of 13 -17 years old girls dreams of finishing school have been shattered. Our train 100 girls project targets young teen mother who have dropped out of school in different counties ( Nairobi, Homabay and Kajiado counties of Kenya.
The goal of the project is to equip the young girls with skills and expertise to enable to earn a living and transform their lives. Let me tell you a STORY........
Susan was born in a family of 4 and she is the third born in the family. Her father passed on when she very young. She dropped out of school at the age of 11 after she got pregnant. The child passed on a month later after birth of which no explanation was given to her because she was young and experiencing post natal depression. She was later taken to her Aunt’s place to work as a house help since her mother is a widow and unemployed and could not support her and her sibling.
Currently she is residing with her Aunt who has taken her in to work for her until she becomes stable and be independent. Susan embraced Community Focus Group initiative because it will give her an opportunity to build her skills and have bright future a head and become independent. And that is what happened when she completed her training in Hairdressing , she is self sufficient, she has been employed and now she is able to work with her hands because she learnt a skill for a lifetime through the support of you our partners