The Kenya Government statistics indicate that many girls who were in school before the pandemic may not come back when the schools will be opened likely early next year 2021.
Over a period of three months in lockdown due to COVID-19, 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls became pregnant — a 40% increase in the country's monthly average. These numbers, from early July, are some of the earliest pieces of evidence linking the COVID-19 pandemic to unintended pregnancies. Some of the girls have also opted for early marriage in the hope of surviving during this pandemic now that they were not sure they will ever go back to school. The reason of these desperate and unfortunate move is a fact that when a human being cannot satisfy the basic needs of food and clothing they can do anything for survival.
During this reporting period we received approximately a total US$1,400 for the last four months from the GlobalGiving. This is an average of US$ 350 (35,000/=) per month. This amount could not be enough even to buy some food for the targetted households of our 100 girls even for a month.
Sheepcare Community Centre together with some well-wishers have however, continued to assist the very desperate families with food, train in lifeskills, provide sanitary towels and help in the fighting COVID-19 pandemic by supplying free water to the community to over 600 households. This has been possible because of our good water yielding boreholes. Water provision has enabled the poor to have water to drink, wash clothes and use for domestic purposes. We are also very grateful to our local networks who value Sheepcare works. They have occasionally come to give our girls sanitary towels and motivational talks on how they can survive the pandemic and come back to school.
Our staff of 60 members who were also sent home due to lockdown have suffered without any payment and our hope is that they too will not give up but come back when the schools are opened, so as to continue giving hope to our school going children including our girls.
It is our sincere hope that the schools will be opened. It is when this is done, will we know how many of our girls are affected. We sincerely make appeal to our supporters and well wishers that we continue to work closely and ask many to commit to contributing towards our girl fund monthly to make sure we keep these girls in schools when the schools will be opned next year. Some of them who have not yet given up will have hope and don't follow the way of their colleagues who have opted for early marriage. This is possible if they are told that they will be assisted to continue their schooling.
Outcome of Crocheting Training
Girls Studying - keeping hope
Well-wishers sanitary supply
Training girls on Keeping pure