Echwa Apoa & her daughter Akope
From every one at Merlin, I send a huge thank you
Thanks to you and people like you, we have raised this project’s initial target of $10,000. This is a fantastic achievement and has only been accomplished because you have been so generous in your support of our work. We have seen results and our teams have definitely been able to save lives.
Sadly, there is still much to do. There is an ongoing drought and malnutrition levels (especially in children) are still high. Merlin’s work will continue, and therefore, the project will remain open with a new target of $15,000. There's a quick update on our work in Kenya below, to let you know about what we are doing now and looking to the future.
It’s Mother’s Day soon, so what about saying thank you too?
Mother’s Day is just ‘round the corner on Sunday May 13th. But, if you have a mom like mine, when you ask what would she like, she responds ‘oh, nothing really’. So here’s a suggestion for a unique and special gift to thank her for all she's done for you …what about giving a gift towards Merlin’s work, in honor of you mom, or anyone else who’s really special to you? Let them know they’ve been thought of and they’ve also helped to save a life, offer care and given hope to a family overseas.
Plus, GlobalGiving will give Merlin an additional $500 for this project, if we are one of the top 10 projects with the most donors who give gifts from May 1st- 13th. So you could be helping us even more.
Click on this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emerg-nutrition-and-health-care-e-africa-crisis/?show=gift and you will go straight to the ‘gift or in honor of’ tab, under the orange donate button on the project page. Your chosen person will get an email, print-at-home or physical card – you can even choose to have our main project photo as you picture.
Thanks again, for your support and interest in our work – you know that we couldn’t have done it with out you.
A focus on Kenya
Below focuses on our nutrition and health activities in Turkana, northwest Kenya (other activities include hygiene, water and sanitation). The pastoralist communities of Turkana are vulnerable to food insecurity, due to the ongoing drought conditions that exist there.
Merlin has worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Health for over a decade, and with the help of local partners offers nutrition and health and care services to some of the most remote communities in the country (if not the continent). Currently, our teams support 31 health facilities and have over 70 location sites for our outreach, mobile clinics. Each outreach site is visited on average, once every two weeks. Merlin was able to use this vast network to help to distribute food and nutritional care quickly and effectively when the food crisis began early last year.
- Merlin teams continue to work via health facilities and mobile clinics, to offer nutrition and health care services to remote communities in Turkana, our program targets over 400,000 people.
- The teams are working with Ministry of Health to clearly map where our mobile clinics / outreach sites are.
Blanket Feeding Program
- The Blanket Feeding Program supplied by the World Food Program and distributed by Merlin teams is coming to an end. A ‘blanket’ program is when food supplements are offered to all families living in the area, not just specific groups such as new mothers and children under 5 within families). However, there will be ongoing monitoring and the program could be restored if there are future needs.
- Merlin will start work on new nutrition survey in May with survey partners: Oxfam, World Vision and IRC. This new survey will allow Merlin to compare the seasonal situation with one completed in May 2011, (the last survey was in December 2011).
- Funding has been secured, so Merlin can offer more targeted health care to disabled people living in Turkana. This new program of activities is scheduled to begin in June 2011.
- Merlin is also exploring the introduction of a new mental health care program
Remember to think about my idea for a Mother's Day gift...