Over 770,000 young people have lost their jobs since the start of COVID-19, on top of 800,000 already out of work before. We've seen firsthand the devastating impact on children, young people and families. Many families live hand-to-mouth and rely on casual labour jobs which have now been lost. With all disasters, the vulnerable are always most at risk. We need to provide food, essential items, training and support to ensure the rural and slum communities we work alongside are safe.
Lockdown in Kenya has seen unemployment levels sky rocket, as always causal labourers and the most vulnerable communities are hit hardest. People from poor communities, and those with underlying medical issues, are least likely to be able to protect themselves from this virus and are even less likely to be able to afford medical treatment if needed. Due to shortages, and increased demand, food prices have also increased. 358 people we work alongside have no means to provide for themselves now.
We work with the poorest and most vulnerable to provide opportunities to thrive and live a life free from poverty. We won't stop supporting them when they need us more than ever. But we need your help. We will provide information & emergency supplies including; food, soap & sanitary products. We will assist with medical care costs wherever possible. We will continue our essential counselling and mental health support programme by phone to ensure no child or young person feels they are alone.
The long-term impact of this virus in the resource-poor communities we work in is devastating. Food will become less secure forcing the most vulnerable into hunger, information will not reach the most remote communities, health and education systems will be strained. We are providing students with COVID-19 information and class workbooks, our teachers will be providing weekly phone counselling and support remotely. We won't let the most vulnerable among us be forgotten, but we need your help.