Turning Point is responding to coronavirus in Kibera by supporting vulnerable families in Kibera with food vouchers, providing handwashing stations for the wider community, distributing information, and producing face masks to help stop the spread of the virus in Kibera.
Taking measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in Kibera is particularly difficult. Social distancing is a challenge in homes where 5 or more people live in one small room. Regular handwashing adds extra costs as families buy water by the bucket. Schools are closed and children who normally rely on the free meals they get at school are going hungry. Many families normally rely on casual labour for their income and many are losing their jobs at this time.
We're providing food vouchers to the most vulnerable families among the 150 families we normally support through our education programmes. We're setting up and running 25 handwashing stations, we're distributing posters with advice on how to stop the spread of coronavirus. Face masks are now recommended when social distancing is not possible, we're working with local tailors to produce and distribute simple cloth face masks along with instructions on how to use them correctly.
We are supporting the most vulnerable families to weather this pandemic. We're joining in the community effort to flatten the curve in Kenya as a whole and Kibera specifically.