COVID-19  Kenya Project #47550

Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution

by Nehemiah's Restoration
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
Covid19 Emergency Food Relief Distribution
One of our caregivers after receiving the seeds
One of our caregivers after receiving the seeds

After the support we received from donors like you which enabled us to hold 3 successful monthly food distributions at our two centers, the 36 families we support suggested that it was time for them to be looking into ways they could support themselves. Kenya began to open up with a less strict curfew and more businesses were allowed to open again. We realized we could start to move away from a disaster relief program, to something that would empower these families to be more self-sustaining. With collaboration from the families and centers, it was decided that we would transition from distributing food supplies to seeds and supplies for farming. Each family was given seeds to grow corn and beans along with a little bit of fertilizer. These supplies will help the families be able to sustain themselves. If they can grow their own food or even sell their crops, it will put them in a place where they aren’t necessarily dependent on jobs that could any day disappear because of COVID. 

We are extremely proud of the effort these families have put in to become self-sustaining again and are eager to see the fruit of their labor (literally and figuratively)! Thank you for the role that you have played in helping to hold up these families during an extremely critical time of their lives. You are the reason they are now able to move towards providing for themselves and they have expressed to us how very grateful they are. Thank you! 

A caregiver and two OVC planting
A caregiver and two OVC planting
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Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Orphans and Vulnerable Children

In the middle of March, Covid19 finally made its' way to Kenya. Two days after the country's first case was announced, the president issued a work from home order that closed all schools and many businesses along with a nation-wide curfew from 7pm - 5am. The affects of the pandemic were felt by all, but especially those who are reliant upon day to day income to feed their families. Markets weren't allowed to open, shops were closed, many of the families we support in Kisumu and Siaya, Kenya, lost all sources of income in just a manner of days. On top of this, extreme flooding and a locust infestation worse than the region had seen in years, gripped Western Kenya and farming simply became obsolete. The 36 families we work with were devastated and Nehemiah's Restoration Organization knew we had to step in to provide relief during this time of hardship. 

Thanks to your support, we were able to successfully hold 3 monthly emergency relief food distributions during the months of June, July and August. Our 36 families received corn meal, beans, and cooking oil to make sure that their children, including the many Orphans and Vulnerable Children these families have taken in, were still fed despite having no source of income. Each month, we met with the families and talked about their situation.As the pandemic wore on, we recognized & met new needs by adding hand soap, face masks, and even containers with taps to collect water in for the purpose of hand washing, to our distributions. Many of these families don't have running water in their homes and so washing their hands proved a difficult preventative measure against the virus. We are grateful for your support and appreciate how you have helped keep these children alive during their families' greatest time of need. 

Handing out supplies
Handing out supplies
Grandmother with her daughter and three grandkids
Grandmother with her daughter and three grandkids
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Nehemiah's Restoration

Location: Thornton, CO - USA
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Becca Reed
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