Our determined girls came back and over 90% re-opened when the Kenyan Government resumed the opening of schools in the beginning of January 2021 only to be rudely interrupted once again with another lockdown from 19th March 2021. Luckily during this reporting period, the Government has once again opened schools with strict adherance to the COVID-19 rules on 11th May 2021.
Beginning this week (17th May 2021) we have seen a number of our girls coming back to school and the actual number are yet to be known in the next two weeks. Among 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls reported pregnant during the first lockdown only 5 from our schools were reported not coming back but whether due to pregnancy or some other issues, we are yet to establish.
With the full resumption of schools by the Kenya Government, after two weeks we have not received back all the giirls that have been in our schools. This is not strange since in normal cases even when there is no Corona pandemic, the poor in the slums change their status of residence depending on their economic status. Some even travel upcountry and never come back to the city if they get some better livelihood in the rural area or some are not back because of lack of fare. But we have began in an encouraging note.
The Kenya Government statistics indicate that many girls who were in school before the pandemic may not come back when the schools will be opened likely early next year 2021.
When we received the first disbursement on project "Help 100 girls to complete school", it was long after all our institutions of learning had been shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic. Because schools were nolonger in operation all the pupils were forced to go back and stay with their guardians and parents, we were forced to change the plan on how best we can still serve our girls.
Though they were nolonger coming to school but the acute need of getting food supply became more urgent than anything else. It forced us to help the guardians and parents mostly of the girls who were to be the beneficiaries of the fund to help them survive so that when this pandemic is over we may still have them alive to attend school without finding them already opted for early marriages or being abused in order to survive.
We therefore used the money and also from other well wishers to ensure our girls are able to get food to eat and help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by working closely with their families. Such unforeseen circumstances makes it very difficult on how best to use the resources that are meant for particular purposes.
We managed to give food items to 100 families (most of whom stay with our girls) and supply the water for hand washing and domestic use to 600 households within our community. We also gave bar soaps to help in hand washing and cleanliness and also masks to 1000 people on first come first served basis. The hundred (100) families where most of our girls stay also benefitted from the water and bar soap provision.
Since we have borehole we have continued to be at the centre of fighting the Corona pandemic by availing water not only to the parents of our pupils but to the entire community. Help from well-wishers like our GlobalGiving donors have made a giantic problem a little bit lighter. We continue to covet your donations and our continued partnership.
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