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
Grandmother with her daughter and three grandkids