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Help Support Children in Makindu Living with HIV

by Makindu Children's Program
Help Support Children in Makindu Living with HIV

Corona Virus is skyrocketing in Kenya. There have been 13,353 confirmed cases and over 200 deaths. Although Kenya has some testing, there isn’t enough and it’s only in Nairobi, which is hard to get to from Makindu, and would require being in a car with other people. The corona virus has impacted the Makindu Children’s Centre drastically. The centre is closed. This means that the kids and families are unable to visit the centre as social distancing is crucial to prevent the spread of this virus, especially since so many of the people we care for are immune compromised from HIV/AIDS. To keep the kids and families healthy, we need twice the amount of food than before. Now that we are delivering the food to people’s houses, we are forced to spend more money on food and resources to get the food to them. We need as much assistance as possible at this time because we aren’t sure how long the social distancing will last and the virus will be around. Until then, please keep the Makindu Children’s Center in mind as they are in an unforgiving climate that makes growing food and keeping livestock difficult. Thank you for your support. Asante for giving HOPE to the kids. 

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The Corona virus has arrived in Kenya. International borders are now closed. Schools too are now closed. Gatherings of 50+ are prohibited. Therefore Makindu Children's Center is now closed. Still, the CHILDREN MUST EAT. This girl needs to eat. Her viral load is elevating. Proper nutrition and strict medication regimen must be followed for her to survive. Makindu promises to deliver to her the support she needs.

The disruption in food and service delivery to our 110 HIV infected children and guardians is a huge threat to their health and livelihood. Instead of the option of coming to the Children's Center for a hot nutritious meal, they must fend for themselves. If the guardians are infected, they often do not have the strength, let alone the money or transportation, to go to market and/or cook the food. Makindu Children's Program will instead deliver bulk food of maize, beans, rice, cooking oil, salt, and protein rich cowpeas to last each household 4 weeks. This will also help ensure that these people will be able to remain socially distant from others in the community, to help flatten the curve of COVID 19 infection rate.

Access to hygiene and social services at the Children's Center will remain accessable by appointment. The social workers and community health volunteers will be visiting the HIV infected households on a regular basis through this shutdown to ensure they remain adequately provisioned and that medication supplies are replenished. 

Providing proper nutrition and care is critical for this extremely vulnerable population. Because of the shutdown, what was once our $750 monthly grocery bill for center feedings has skyrocketed to $16,500 monthly for household groceries. Thanks to you, Makindu has the funds to weather this expense for the short term. Please consider continuing your support, for we may be in this for a longer term than expected. 

Help us save the children!

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Holiday Food Baskets 2019
Holiday Food Baskets 2019

We are so happy that we were able to provide food baskets for many households in the Makindu area. The holiday's are about bringing people together and keeping up traditions. In Makindu, cultural traditions keep people excited and moving forward, especially during hard times. Thank you so much for helping us provide food baskets to the many households that depend on them to keep up their family traditions. The food baskets provide enough food for several days. 

However, rain has taken over again through the plains of Makindu, Kenya right as the harvest season arises. Last year during the rainy season, houses washed away in the floods and some people are still without a home. A lot of food was washed away including the new and ready to harvest plants. This is a crucial time for us to prepare to have to provide food to Makindu Children's Centre before the rain gets even worse. Along with anticipating to have to branch outside of Makindu for food, we are projecting that the prices for grain and feed for the animals will not be going down anytime soon.

The prices for grain and feed have skyrocketed. The animals we have at the Makindu Children's Centre need the grain and feed to survive. We are anticipating having to cover costs for the grain and feed, and the loss of harvest we will come upon as the rainy season approaches.

The source of nutrition that these animals provide helps those with HIV react to their medicines better. But, the best cure for any disease is happiness and security, unfortunately it's really hard to have both when food is tight, weather is bad and HIV has affected so many around. We would love to be able to be prepared for the rough rainy days and potential flooding similar to what occurred last year in the Makindu region. 

Although incredible technology to combat AIDS is coming out, there is still a major need for assistance especially with the uncertain weather conditions upon us at Makindu Children’s Centre.

Asante for your support.


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The weather forecast in Kenya has been out of control. They have had many dry days which hasn't helped the crops, but now they are experiencing intense thunderstorms and rain. Thunderstorms are beautiful from a distance but they can cause serious damage. Especially since the houses that many of our guardians own are mud huts with grass hatches as roofs. Grass Hatch is extremely flammable and since the houses are made of dried mud, they can easily be washed away by heavy amounts of rain. All of this causes extreme stress on each member of the household, especially the children because they can’t focus on their studies and exams are coming up! We would like to be prepared to help those suffering because they will need our assistance very soon here. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

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Food Service
Food Service

Thankfully we have many kids that will be going to high school and vocational school this fall, however, to continue their studies with full attention and ease, they must have a well balanced diet. One of the food options we offer at the Centre is a very nutrient dense food called unimix which has recently increased in price. To continue giving the kids and their families these meals we will need major donations. We will not cut portions or turn anyone away, but we do need to be able to provide full meals to all who are in need. We currently serve 46 kids and 66 guardians with HIV who are in extra need of this highly nutrient rich food. The need for them to have this nutrition for their immune system is incredibly important so that their antiretrovirals can work properly and efficiently. Thank you so much for your continued support of Makindu Children's Program. Asante. 

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Makindu Children's Program

Location: Eugene, OR - USA
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Twitter: @MCPkenya
Project Leader:
Diana Richardson
Eugene, OR United States

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