Drought and Food Situation in Kenya.
Kenya is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent years, which has greatly undermined the food security situation in the country. Up to 3.5 million people are affected by the drought and their plight has been worsened by high food prices resulting from both local and global factors. The number of severely malnourished children admitted to hospital has increased by 78 % this year compared to last year. Our children are amongst the very poorest in Kenya. During the August school holidays we will give blanket supplementary food assistance to all our children, and throughout the rest of the year we must ensure that all of our children receive at least one good meal a day.
Most schools have been forced to increase their school fees to reflect higher food and power costs. Also most of the schools closed earlier for the holidays, due to power generation shortfalls. Much of the power supply is hydroelectric, which of course is also affected by the drought. Lack of adequate rainfall in the country has also led to the Kenya Power Company to announce that it will start the power rationing program from 6am-9pm, and this will affect the production and delivery of goods and services which could even led some companies to downsize their staff. The move ultimately adds to the many miseries already distressing Kenyans like runaway prices of basic commodities; rising prices of fuel, high inflation, weakening shilling and harsh drought that is threatening the lives of more than 7 million people.
Current Situation of the Centre
We previously reported that a branch of the Kenyan Government, the NYS, is trying to take over a large area of the slum, including the site on which our street children centre is situated. The fight to preserve our centre has not been easy, and it is not over yet, things seem to have slowed down and although the case was meant to have started in July 21st it was adjourned to enable the Nairobi City Council to file an affidavit in our favour. We continue to speak to many influential people, and we joined others in demonstrating against the proposed seizure. We continue to live and work in suspense not knowing when and what might transpire especially since the said NYS is a government agency. We continue to pray and believe that we will win this case to enable us to continue with our mandate that you support.
It is with a big regret that we announce the death of a parent of one of our children in High school; the funeral will take place next week on 3rd July after the boy arrives from school, some 500km away from Nairobi.
Networking and Fundraising Locally
We have entered into a partnership with the Wilde Ganzen (Wilde Geese in English) Foundation of Netherlands for grant and technical support to implement the Action For Children (AFC) Programme, through KCDF (Kenya Community Development Foundation). The main purpose of the AFC programme is to effectively target middle class members of the Kenyan public in investing in community projects that seek to improve the welfare and future opportunities for children, particularly those from vulnerable and disadvantaged families. By establishing organized mechanisms for these sectors of the community to give to children’s initiatives, MCFP will try and increase its own sustainability by raising funds locally to support its work.
The results from the various examinations that our children sat for are out and we have to say most did perform fairly well. One of the students got an A in his final secondary school examinations and as he awaits his entry to the University, he has been recalled by his previous high school to teach for one year. He will earn a salary during his time there which will help support him when he joins the university. A great performance it was for such recognition. We applaud him.
We invite you to join hands with us. Your support, gifts and encouragement give hope and life opportunities to over 100 vulnerable children. We thank you for your support, and especially want to acknowledge those who have signed up to make recurring donations through Global Giving. Recurring donations, no matter how small, help bring stability to the program and enable us to plan ahead to help more children, and we would like to ask all of our supporters to please consider such a form of gift for the future.
All the best,