The rapid spread of COVID-19 has meant our vocational training centres and specialist schools we support in Kenya have closed. For many children and students the lunch they get is the only meal they'll eat all day. Rural communities and informal urban settlements are also not equipped to deal with the pandemic. With all disasters, the vulnerable are always most at risk. We need to provide information, essential items and support to ensure the communities we support are safe.
252 children and young people at our Seed of Hope Vocational Training Centres and 144 children with disabilities have been sent home as all educational providers have been closed in Kenya due to the COVID-19 virus. 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 will also increase.
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.
"I want to support other girls who have lost hope"
"I choose not to place 'DIS', in my ability"
Harrison's Seed of Hope Story