Thanks to preparation for COVID-19 we were able to deliver a 2 month supply of food to all households. The end of the two month’s is nearing and we will need to deliver another month of groceries. Our goal is to get supplemental food and produce high in protein for those who are infected by HIV and continue delivering directly to the households to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
We have had to close the centre because of the current government guidelines. The measures taken for social distancing make it difficult for us to ensure everyone is happy and healthy. The most we can do right now is make sure everyone has quality nutrition.
This is an extremely vulnerable population. It is now costing over $16,000 a month to make sure every household has enough groceries. On a regular basis we would spend less than $800 a month to provide groceries for the center. The hospitals in Kenya are not fit for outbreaks whatsoever. We need as much support as possible to continue feeding the Makindu Children’s Program community. We want to continue delivering food to keep the rate of COVID-19 infections low and the health and happiness of the community in good standing.
All 301 households received at least 3 distributions of food baskets in 2019. The bulk food included maize, beans, rice, cooking oil, and sometimes a bit of fresh vegetables from the Center's garden. These food baskets ensured the households would have well rounded nutritious meals at home. Generally, there are 1-2 Makindu Children's Program sponsored kids in a household. There are also usually at least two other children in the home, either a sibling, cousin, or other orphaned child needing shelter. We estimate, then, that over 1,200 children and the 301 guardians of the households benefitted from the food baskets.
One child, in particular, has greatly benefitted from the home delivery food baskets. He was identified recently as possibly malnourished, and subsequent screenings confirmed severe malnutrition. He lives too far from the Center to come for daily meals, and his guardian does not have a reliable source of income to provide food at home. So Makindu Center staff designed a food and nutrition plan for this boy complete with delivered food baskets. Today, thanks to the intervention and the regular supply of bulk food, we are happy to report the boy is now nourished and doing well. Further, because of his adequate nutrition, teachers report he is performing much better in school.
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 from these storms very soon here. Thank you for your ongoing support.
In the last report, we mentioned students going to college and vocational school, however in Kenya high school is expensive. Students must pay to go to high school and this is what they are struggling to do because of their lack of nutrition. Concentrating on studies is nearly impossible to do without the right nutrition which is why we are in need of providing unimix to these hardworking students. Unimix, which is a nutrient dense food has recently gone up in price. To continue giving the kids and their families these meals we will need major donations. 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 systems is incredibly important so that their anti-retrovirals can work properly and efficiently. Thank you for being a constant support to the many kids and guardians who are in need of the help so they can attempt to escape the hunger battle in Kenya.
Greetings, and thank you for being a constant support to the kids who truly rely on our services.
Thankfully we have so many kids that will be going to college 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. Within the hundreds of children and guardians we serve, 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. Through our Food Baskets we have been able to help so many who wouldn't have had the chance before. Asante.
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