All around the world children are not returning to school. That has also been the case for the kids of Makindu and other parts of rural Kenya. The Makindu Children's Centre and school have always been stable and supportive places for them, but now, the kids are always in their crowded homes. The centre has consistently been able to provide food and serve large groups, but now we must deliver food to households to abide by social distancing laws. Delivering food to individual houses costs much more than it did to make one meal a day at the centre for everyone. We are using as many resources as we can to do this as cost effectively as possible but are in need of as many donations as we can get to continue to provide the service of delivering food to individual homes. Please keep in mind, many of these homes are huts without rooms and may house 10 or more people. They’re extremely small and not meant to house that many people for a long period of time. Many of the members in the households have compromised immune systems and in order to keep everyone in the household healthy, they need nutritious meals. We greatly appreciate any donations to help us continue to deliver goods like maize, beans, milk and rice to keep the community healthy. Thank you for your continued support.
Corona Virus is skyrocketing in Kenya. There have been 13,353 confirmed cases and over 200 deaths. Although Kenya has some testing, there isn’t enough and it’s only in Nairobi, which is hard to get to from Makindu, and would require being in a car with other people. The corona virus has impacted the Makindu Children’s Centre drastically. Luckily, we have been able to send over some masks. The centre is closed. This means that the kids and families are unable to visit the centre as social distancing is crucial to prevent the spread of this virus, especially since so many of the people we care for are immune compromised from HIV/AIDS. To keep the kids and families healthy, we need twice the amount of food than before. Now that we are delivering the food to people’s houses, we are forced to spend more money on food and resources to get the food to them. We need as much assistance as possible at this time because we aren’t sure how long the social distancing will last and the virus will be around. Until then, please keep the Makindu Children’s Center in mind as they are in an unforgiving climate that makes growing food and keeping livestock difficult. Thank you for your support. Asante for giving HOPE to the kids.
The Corona virus has arrived in Kenya. International borders are now closed. Schools too are now closed. Gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited. Therefore Makindu Children's Center is now closed. All of this directly impacts how program services, especially feeding the children, can be delivered to the 570 kids we serve.
We must feed the children. Providing proper nutrition is critical for our extremely vulnerable population. So instead of daily feedings at the Children's Center for the 200+ children who visit regularly, we will distribute a months worth of groceries to all 310 households. With an average household size of 5, this aid will reach around 1,550 needy hungry people. This will also help ensure that these 1,550 people will be able to remain socially distant from others in the community, to help flatten the curve of COVID 19 infection rate. Distribution will take place with a staggered schedule, ensuring we stay under 50 people present at all times. Soap and water handwashing stations will be set up and monitored at the entries, to help slow the spread of any virus.
Food included in this emergency relief package is maize, beans, rice, cooking oil, cowpeas (for the HIV infected, for added protein), and salt. Vegetables grown on campus are also being delivered to HIV infected households.
This round of support, the month's worth of groceries, will cost $50 per household. Thank you for your continuing support of these children. You are making a HUGE impact in the health and wellness of these innocent orphaned children.
We are so happy that we were able to provide food baskets for many households in the Makindu area. Thank you!
However, rain has taken over again through the plains of Makindu, Kenya right as the harvest season arrises. Last year during the rain season, houses washed away in the floods and some people are still without a home. A lot of food was washed away including the new and ready to harvest plants. This is a crucial time for us to prepare to have to provide food to Makindu Children's Centre before the rain gets even worse. Along with anticipating to have to branch outside of Makindu for food, we are anticipating that the prices for grain and feed for the animals will not be going down anytime soon.
The prices for grain and feed have skyrocketed. The animals we have at the Makindu Children's Centre need the grain and feed to survive. We are anticipating having to cover costs for the grain and feed, and the loss of harvest we will come upon as the rain season approaches.
As you can see, there is an ongoing need at the Makindu Children's Centre.
Good nutrition is key to good health, but difficult to access for the vulnerable populations. The drought has been rampant in this region for well over a decade and famine has persisted. Crops are difficult to grow without adequate water supply, and children often go hungry. Over half of the MCC kids live too far away from the Center to access the daily meals served there and so rely on supplemental bulk food provided to cook at home for proper nutrition. Sometimes this just isn’t enough for adequate nutrition. We need help being able to provide for the children so they can be strong and healthy enough to get out of the poverty cycle their families are a part of. Asante for all your help.
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