These kids live very far from any town or village.
I have no doubt that the last 20 months of food delivery to our 317 households has kept hundreds, if not thousands, of people alive during the COVID pandemic. Keeping a regular nutritious diet has kept the immune systems of children and guardians functioning well. Further, handwashing stations installed at every household combined with hygiene education, has ensured proper sanitation behaviors from all of the beneficiaries. To date, NONE of our children or guardians have become infected with COVID-19.
These children lives over 25 km from the Children's Center and Makindu town and so rely on bulk food delivery. The nearest water source is 4 km away, and water costs 20 cents a jerry can. Last year, this region received only ONE DAY OF RAIN. The seeds did not germinate, the soil did not produce, the trees did not leaf. The simple staples of beans, rice and cooking oil helped keep these kids stay nourished and healthy through the drought, through the pandemic, through such difficult times!
Food and water remain so difficult to get for hundreds of our children, many of whom have never even seen a sink faucet!
This holiday season, to add variety to their nutritious needs, Makindu Children's Program hopes to provide two chickens to each household, at $5 per chicken. Protein rich eggs are so good for the children, and chickens can live on surprisingly little, even in desperate climates.
Also, over the last two years, we have provided two goats to almost every household we support. We plan to provide 50 more goats to the remaining households, at $65 each, hopefully before the end of the year. The goats provide delicious nutritious milk and also live on surprisingly little, even in desperate climates.
Thank you for your part in feeding these children, and keeping hundreds of others healthy and hopeful through extremely difficult times. Thank you for making their holidays brighter.
A typical goat pen.
This region had just one day of rain last year.