Guardians receiving new goats
In spite of monthly food relief to all children in our care during the pandemic, many continue to be hungry.
The drought continues and the news reports warn of coming famine. Last year, in a remote area 20 kilometers from Makindu town, they saw only one day of rain. This was not enough to germinate seeds, let alone have plants grow. Adding to this disaster, the Russian war in Ukraine has disrupted food supply and delivery of many goods, most notably grains (maize and rice), leaving many of our children hungry and not adequately fed. Even if the grain was available to purchase, inflation has doubled the price of grain (tripled in some areas), making it impossible for our households to afford. The government is NOT supplying school lunches and so many of the children go all day without a meal. Some who live far away from their schools have begun missing school, being too weak to walk the long distances.
As a result, the number of children who come to the Center on Saturdays has climbed to well over 200. In response to the food and nutrition shortage, we now serve meat on Saturdays, sometimes the only meat protein a child might have in any given week. Further, we have completed our project of getting 2-3 goats to each household for the highly nutritious milk they can provide and tasty protein rich cheese made from the milk. We are comforted that even though there is extreme food shortage, the kids in our care are getting at least one glass of goat milk a day. Third, we are currently running another project to get each household at least 2-3 chickens. The chickens will provide protein-rich eggs on a daily basis, adding another food benefit to the kids. The guardians of the households are being trained on animal (goat and chicken) husbandry and have so far been quite successfull in raising the animals and feeding the children.
So while many obstacles out of our control continue to hamper our efforts, we are getting some food to those who hunger. The need is so great though, that we always seek more help and support. Please consider helping us feed the kids.
Chickens for distribution
Hungry child and guardian