Kenya, like the rest of the world, has been affected by the Covid19 pandemic. The number of cases is rising sharply and we are definitely on the upward climb. Marsabit has 3 confirmed cases now, but overall Kenya now has 16,643 cases (July 22, 2020), an increase of 13,654 cases since June 9, 2020 when there were 2,989 cases. The President announced an end to the lockdown of 3 Counties including Nairobi on July 6, 2020, and allowed up to 100 worshippers to congregate for prayers in places like mosques and churches. The nighttime curfew will continue nationwide up to August 2020.
In addition to this, Marsabit has faced another challenge. 29 people have been killed and 28 injured (as per our own count) in shootings in Marsabit County between March 13 and July 7, 2020. A few people have been arrested. Combined with the current Coronavirus crisis, it is presenting more challenges to our work, especially our ability to make physical field visits to communities. The situation was tense but things are much calmer now, though people still take precautions.
Schools have been closed until January 2021 due to the pandemic. This means that almost all learners will repeat classes next year, and that will affect children from poor households more. With the donations we have received so far this year, we are distributing sanitary kits to 10 girls from 5 poor households. The kits include sanitary pads, oil and soap.The girls have been identified from among the most vulnerable households in Marsabit, and we are hopeful that the kits will help them during this challenging time when they are at home with no schooling.