Project #2777

Feed hungry children in Kenya

by Global Health Partnerships Inc

Nicolas Ngumbau is a beautiful healthy baby being cared for by his grandmother (see photo). Unfortunately Nicolas will never be able to know his mother, who was 21 years old when she passed away due to childbirth complications. She went to a local hospital and was sent home after delivering Nicolas. During her first week at home she became ill, and returned to the hospital, but died that same night. Nicholas was barely a week old and he was already an orphan.

Maternal death during childbirth is tragically common in rural Kenya. When the newborn infant survives after the death of the mother, there is a very high probability that the infant will also die in the first 6 months of life. One of the reasons for this high mortality is the lack of availability of a safe substitute for breast milk. Infant formula is expensive and is only available in the distant cities. If not prepared and used carefully, formula feeding can cause repeated episodes of diarrhea, with dehydration and malnutrition. Global Health Partnerships (GHP) provides a supply of infant formula for newborn infants when breastfeeding is not possible. The Kenyan nurses who work with the GHP project also provide the important education about hygiene and sanitation for prevention of diarrhea.

The GHP project “Feed Hungry Children in Kenya” includes the provision of infant formula for safe feeding of babies like Nicholas who have lost their mother during childbirth. Nicholas is the fourth infant who has been enrolled in this part of the project. The other three infants are also healthy and growing normally.

The therapeutic feeding of malnourished children with Plumpy’nut is also continuing. Two severely malnourished children have recently been enrolled, and six others are recovering on “Plumpy’sup,” which is used during the recovery phase.

The success of this project that feeds newborns, infants, and children can only be accomplished through your generous support. Over 95% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services!

A severely undernourished Mirriam with her mother
A severely undernourished Mirriam with her mother

The severe drought in the semi-arid region of eastern Kenya has subsided, with enough rain recently for some crop production. The quantity of food produced, however, has not been sufficient for many families to feed their children well. Here in the USA the holiday season that we celebrate this time of year coincides with a hunger season in the villages of eastern Kenya. These next few months, before the next harvest begins, are times of food insecurity and worsening child hunger and malnutrition. In order to find the malnourished children most in need of nutrition support, the Kenyan nurses who work in the Global Health Partnerships (GHP) project have been conducting outreach clinics in the most isolated villages. They weigh and measure the children to assess their nutrition status, and give immunizations, vitamins and deworming medicine. Over the past two months 136 children were seen in the outreach clinics. Many of them were undernourished, and those most severely affected were enrolled in the therapeutic feeding program that is sustained by your donations.  The recovery of Mirriam (shown in the photos) from severe malnutrition is an example of the impact of your support. When Rebecca brought her 7 month old daughter Mirriam to be seen by the nurses, she was markedly underweight and had the muscle wasting and swollen abdomen typical
of marasmus, or severe undernutrition. After 2 months of therapeutic feeding with the supplements Plumpy’nut and Unimix along with nutrition education, Mirriam transformed into a normal healthy little girl. Your generous support of GHP changed a potentially tragic outcome of death from starvation into a story of a healthy future for this child.

Christmas is celebrated in Kenya, as it is in the USA. GHP will be giving holiday gifts of food and clothing to the poorest families with hungry children, in addition to continuing the therapeutic feeding to cure malnutrition. Your donations this holiday season can turn the hunger season of these Kenyan families into a time for celebration.

Over 95% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services!


Miriam after 2 months of GHP therapeutic feeding
Miriam after 2 months of GHP therapeutic feeding


The semi-arid region of Kenya where this project is located has been plagued by prolonged drought for the past several years, worsening the chronic hunger and malnutrition problems. This year unexpected heavy rains hit the region. The seedlings of maize, beans and other crops were washed away, and another season of hunger began. Those who suffer most, of course, are the poorest who have no other source of income to purchase food. The Global Health Partnerships project that feeds hungry children has just added the 18th family to the list of recipients who receive a monthly food ration, as well as some clothing and support for school fees for the children.  

More families can benefit from this project if funds become available. NOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO RELIEVE HUNGER CAN DO MUCH MORE WITH MATCHING FUNDS! For one day on October 9 starting at 12:01 am (10 pm Oct 8 Mountain time) GlobalGiving will match your donation.

The relief from the hunger and malnutrition can be provided by GHP very effectively and efficiently. Over 95% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services!

Grandmother with orphan children
Grandmother with orphan children

They are the unrecognized heroes of Africa. They are millions of grandmothers caring for orphaned children with little money for food and other necessities. Kenya has more than one million orphans. Most of the parents of these children have died from AIDS. On a recent visit to Kenya the local community health workers introduced me to another family that needs the support of our “Feed Hungry Children in Kenya” project. Mary (photo) is a grandmother who provides care for 2 orphans – Dennis, who is 7 years old and Faith, who is 4 years old. Mary’s only income comes from the occasional odd jobs that she can find working for other households in the village. Adequate food, clothing, and school supplies for the children are often out of reach for her. With your generous donation, Mary, Dennis, and Faith will be the 19th family to receive a monthly food ration and school supplies for the children from Global Health Partnerships. More families like Mary’s can benefit from this project if funds become available.

In addition to feeding the hungry children of the poorest families, your contributions have provided therapeutic feeding (with the supplement Plumpy’nut) to 90 children suffering from malnutrition during the past year . The problem of food
insecurity and hunger is a common problem facing many families in this poverty-stricken region of eastern Kenya. Some are in greater need of assistance than others, such as the heroic grandmothers who care for the many orphans in the villages. The relief from the hunger and malnutrition can be provided by GHP very effectively and efficiently. Over 95% of the donations that are received by GHP go directly into program services!

Mothers with children attending outreach clinic
Mothers with children attending outreach clinic

The poorest children at highest risk for hunger and malnutrition often live in isolated villages far from a clinic or hospital. Finding those who are most in need of treatment can be challenging. Once the malnourished children are found, their growth and response to treatment can be difficult to monitor. The Global Health Partnerships (GHP) project relies on volunteer community health workers (CHWs) trained by GHP to accomplish these tasks. The CHWs live in the villages and know the families well. They coordinate outreach clinics on weekends where the children are weighed and measured to assess their nutritional status, and immunizations are also given. Those meeting the criteria for severe or moderately severe malnutrition are enrolled in the GHP therapeutic feeding program. Severe malnutrition is treated with Plumpy’nut®, a fortified peanut-based paste. Children with less severe malnutrition receive Unimix, a fortified soy-corn flour blend that is made into a porridge. The CHWs help monitor the growth of the children and provide the mothers with a supply of Plumpy’nut® and Unimix every 2 weeks. The high success rate of this therapeutic feeding program can be largely attributed to these dedicated CHWs.

A CHW monitoring a child
A CHW monitoring a child's growth
A CHW weighing a child with a hanging Salter scale
A CHW weighing a child with a hanging Salter scale

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Global Health Partnerships Inc

Location: Albuquerque, NM - USA
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Project Leader:
Angelo Tomedi
Project Leader
Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

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