COVID-19  Kenya Project #46381

Covid-19: food support for Kibera

by PROJECT ELIMU
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Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
Covid-19: food support for Kibera
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Preparetion for the food

Dear Friend 

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating post-effect on the lives of children, girls, and young women all over the world, and it is the worst economic, social, and health crisis of our lifetimes and more so to people living within the informal settlements.
In Kenya, the government lifted the last remaining COVID-19 restrictions, which included a ban on large indoor gatherings such as religious services and political rallies. The economic recovery remains a major challenge for the majority of people living in informal settlements. During these school holidays, a large percentage of our afterschool center's parents are still unable to afford basic two meals per day for their children, and the majority of teenage girls are at risk of engaging in sex for food. 

                                          Our Small solution trough your help.

Our Center is now a safe place for adolescent girls, where they can actively and meaningfully participate in activities related to their own programming. Such activities include, but are not limited to, dancing and mental health dialogue sessions guided by a professional psychologist. Management of menstrual hygiene.

 

Since January, our students have had access to porridge at the center whenever we have classes.
Currently, during our school holiday, young people who are involved in various activities in our center have been able to access two meals (morning porridge and a worm nutritional lunch) within the space six days a week.
All of our food is prepared by advanced students and coordinated by our staff. We use the cooking process to teach because most of the students take turns caring for each other, which teaches empathy.

                                                                                   Our Change Stories.

 

 

7-year-old Jane (Our Student at project Elimu) My mother is always away during the day, so I come to Project Elimu to play and eat with my friends.

 

Peter's mother works as a casual house cleaner and does not have a steady income; she spends most of her time looking for people willing to hire for a daily house clean; she claims she is not concerned about Peter's safety while she is away because Peter spends all of his afternoon at the Project Elimu Centre.
We are now looking to set up a much more sustainable plan for the parents on various income generation activities thanks to your continued support.

We are now looking to establish a much more sustainable plan for the parents on various income generation activities thanks to your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

Food Serving
Food Serving
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We eat together.

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Project Elimu is a community-driven Non-Profit Organization registered in Kenya, offering after-school Arts Education and a Safe Space to young people living in Kibera, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.

In Kenya, the pandemic resulted in pervasive disruptions across social, economic, and health dimensions in all communities and especially amongst the poor communities living in informal settlements. The safety and mitigation measures implored by Kenyan government such as the dusk to dawn curfews, partial lockdowns and stay at home orders worsened the effects of Covid-19 among adolescent girls.

Project Elimu interacted with beneficiaries from the previous food support implementation who narrated their life experiences during the Covid 19 period not limited to: -

  1. High increase of neglect cases amongst the elderly
  2. Increased of neglect cases amongst children exposing them to child labor, online abuse and other forms of violence. 
  3. High levels of stigmatization from employers who associate the virus with slums.
  4. Discrimination and exclusion when it comes to aid against several professions such as community based teachers since they are known to be employed thereby earning salaries whereas many have been out of employment during this period especially those from informal or private schools.
  5. Increased vulnerability and exposure to disease and illnesses especially among the population with pre-existing medical conditions such as HIV and AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer etc. 
  6. Increase in domestic violence, gender based violence, alcohol and substance abuse due to inability of the beneficiaries to deal with the challenges brought about by Covid 19.
  7. Increase mental health issues and particularly depression.

 

Outcomes

  1. 430 families in Kibera were equipped to deal with food shortages and meet their hygienic needs amidst the rapidly changing environment. 
  2.  Residents in Kibera have access to vital information on COVID-19 measures, including safety protocols and governmental decrees.
  3.  Economic stability to 5 community shops in Kibera that we are directly working  in partnership.
  4. We did set up an open Kitchen at the centre that is 

Schools are fully opened for all the grades as well as adjustment of the strict safety measures around social gatherings and curfew hours, a move that is expected to further open up the economy and restore the economic and social activities of the citizens, though with high spikes being projected.

Open Kitchen Program

The open Kitchen was initiated after the COVID 19 lockdown to respond to the emergent need of offering a  worm meal to the students who visited the Centre daily to either conduct their personal studies or attend online classes. Due to the hardships faced at home, the students would request for a meal and others would narrate how they go for a full day without a meal.

 HOW IT WORKED.

The Project has an Open Kitchen where children come to be part of our various programs namely: Ballet Training and Arts Program, Digital Literacy SRHR /Sanitary Towel Distribution Program and Skates Program .They receive trainings at the Centre and after they would prepaire a meal together.

Betweenthe month of March to July 2021 we have been having class eight and grade four students who have been school holiday attending the programs on a daily basis . We currently have been working with 316 children. 

We would have not reached this far if it was not for your continued support. 

Thank you very much. 

Asante sana.

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Food Pack.
Food Pack.

The COVID 19 crisis threatend everyone's way of life, especially women who were already vulnerable and those with casual jobs. Through your continued support  we ware able  to ensure the most vulnerable people within our communities particularly women, children, the elderly and socially excluded)  threatened by the virus, have better access to food supply,  better sanitation products and credible reliable, accurate, timely and effective information so that they could make informed decisions in regards to the pandemic. 

The Food Pack tergeted Families whose children are part of Project Elimu and the surrounding community  mainly people living with disabilities, sick people.

Besides the food pack we are now also conducting an open Kitchen program tergeting adolecent youth  This has been able to curb teenage pregnancy because they have access to food at the centre and also it created an opportunity for the project Elimu beneficiaries to spend time together in the kitchen enjoying conversation that gave them chances to pause and focus on the simple things. 

Objective

  • Distribution of essential  Cleaning Items to struggling families in Kibera
  • Food Basket Support
  • Support hygiene awareness efforts in Kibera through SMS.

Outcomes 

  1. 460 families in Kibera supported with food packs every month.
  2. Our beneficiaries  had access to vital information  to do with COVID-19 measures, including safety protocols and governmental decrees.

We are always graitfull  with this support and even though Kenya is now experiencing a third wave its our hope that through your continued support we will still be able to support the most volnarable members within Kibera. 

Thank you very much.

 

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Food delivery.

Greetings from Project Elimu, 

The year 2020 was to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration   Platform for Action which was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead COVID-19 pandemic came causing limited gains made in the past decades. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic. 

 

Families in Kibera and other informal settlements where Project Elimu is active have been hit hard not only being unable to afford three meals daily but also the rise in teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence.



In Kenya, the Ministry of Education designed measures for the continuation of learning through distance online platforms like radio, television, and the Internet. However, these strategies have  Just widened the inequality gap.  

Further, with the loss of livelihoods particularly in Kibera,  some children have been forced into income-generating activities to support their families' survival which made them more vulnerable for early pregnancies. Also, school closure has stopped the provision of school meals and sanitary towels which we now deliver through our partner local kiosks within Kibera. 

Teachers and staff of community-based schools have sunk more into poverty and now fully dependent on handouts or government casual works for survival. 

Our Food Basket.

Our food baskets are being picked in different locations like our Centre, Partner Kiosks, and also delivered directly to vulnerable members within the community.  

Our Basket entails 5 - 8 Kgs of Maize, 2kg Sugar, Bar soap, 2kg Rise, and Baby Porridge.  All our food is sourced through our local Kiosk to enable them to stay in business. 

Our Approach. 

Through your continued support, we have been able to reach some of the most vulnerable members within our community tattling to 374 Families that have directly received four supplies since April 2020.  

 Using information from our students we were able to identify families whose breadwinners are sick, Children lead families and disabled people within our community.  ensuring that the support is reaching the most deserving members and being done every third week depending on the donations we received. 

 

Open Kitchen for Adolescent Girls

With the closure of schools in Kenya, teenage pregnancy has been on the rise and Kibera is one of the hot spots.  We are organizing daily meetings at our safe space with 15- 23 adolescent girls, this is held within the COVID 19 set Regulations by the Ministry of Health Kenya. They get to discuss issues around Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and  During the meeting, they get a lunch meal which they make themselves. The Kitchen has enabled them to develop a strong bond and empathy towards others building a strong peer support system.

We are touched by your continued generosity. We had not foreseen how long this crisis would continue. unemployment is on the rise. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the people in Kibera especially now when our world is extremely uncertain. Our fundraiser is still on and please do share it through the Link; Food pack For Kibera families.

Volunteers packing the food Donations
Volunteers packing the food Donations
The Package
The Package
Some of the girls with their families food packs.
Some of the girls with their families food packs.
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Home Deliveries.
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PROJECT ELIMU

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Michael Wamaya
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