RKF's main aim is to ensure school children in Kisumu always have access to quality education. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely derailed the education journey for the poorest and most vulnerable children globally. We aim to do this by re-purposing our existing Meals program, Literacy program, WASH Program and Sanitary Pads program to provide both short and long-term relief to students and their families. Donations will go towards meals and educational packs until schools re-open again.
A majority of students in Kenya will be losing the entire 2020 academic year and have to repeat their class when schools reopen in Jan 2021, if that happens. Unlike other parts of the world that have been able to use technological advancements to continue teaching and learning, educations has largely come to a standstill in Kenya due to the pandemic. No school coupled with general economic hardship leads to students engaging in child labour, higher teenage pregnancies and students dropping out.
Team RKF will make food, education packs and sanitary hygiene kits available to students and their families throughout the pandemic to address their short-term needs. This will keep students off the street, prevent them from engaging in illegal, exploitative activities while keeping them engaged in some form of education, albeit informal. Furthermore, we are invested in teaching students through workshops about COVID-19, its impact and how to look after themselves during the pandemic.
The project will impact nearly 2,000 students and their families (approx. 10,000 community members) to support them with food packs (equivalent cash transfers) that will serve nearly 500,000 meals to keep going during the pandemic. Furthermore, it will support at least 300 girls with sanitary hygiene products, menstrual and sex education. It will also provide education packs to help students continue learning during the pandemic so that they can easily transition into school when it resumes.