The Makindu hospital is currently full due to the current wave of COVID-19. Since we have been able to provide emergency food relief, to cover 1,800+ children and their guardians monthly, we have been able to keep families nourished through the pandemic which has resulted in 0 COVID-19 infections for the Makindu kids. This is an AMAZING accomplishment and we really couldn’t do it without you. COVID-19 isn’t over, and the unemployment rate is still at 30% in Kenya. The centre hasn't been open consistently so being able to gather and deliver food to the kids is a priority for us. Thank you for helping us keep the Makindu kids safe and healthy. Many of them, or their family members are HIV+ which means that COVID-19 is even more riskier for them. We will continue to deliver food as long as we have the resources. While we deliver the food, we take the time to check in with the guardians on any health or mental issues happening within their households along with education about sanitation and hygiene. The borders are closed and Tanzania is Kenya’s main source of maize flour. Maize is a main ingredient in our food baskets and it is so important to keep the kids healthy. Since it’s in such high demand and such a low resource, the price has inflated. We hope to continue to deliver food baskets during this time. Thank you for your ongoing support of keeping the kids healthy and safe in Makindu.
We need help achieving our goal of gifting a goat to every family in the Makindu area. In addition to the regular challenges that the residents of Makindu face, Covid-19 has intensified the struggles in the community, especially with the amount of food available and health safety in schools. Right now the residents of Makindu are facing major challenges. The Makindu community has been educated on how to stay safe from Covid-19 and the schools are back open. However, due to the schools needing to take precautions, people unable to work and the community struggling financially, the school was unable to get any funding for soap, water, food or any intervention. While we are trying to get funding for necessities the school needs to be a Covid-safe space, we are also hoping to keep everyone in good shape and well nourished by providing goats to each family. One goat is $65. Providing each family with a goat will guarantee that the residents will be in good health to continue their education and continue going to school. We are so happy and fortunate to have been able to help slow the spread of Covid-19 for this long. Thank you for your ongoing support.
All around the world children are not returning to school. That has also been the case for the kids of Makindu and other parts of rural Kenya. The Makindu Children's Centre and school have always been stable and supportive places for them, but now, the kids are always in their crowded homes. The centre has consistently been able to provide food and serve large groups, but now we must deliver food to households to abide by social distancing laws. Delivering food to individual houses costs much more than it did to make one meal a day at the centre for everyone. We are using as many resources as we can to do this as cost effectively as possible but are in need of as many donations as we can get to continue to provide the service of delivering food to individual homes. Please keep in mind, many of these homes are huts without rooms and may house 10 or more people. They’re extremely small and not meant to house that many people for a long period of time. Many of the members in the households have compromised immune systems and in order to keep everyone in the household healthy, they need nutritious meals. We greatly appreciate any donations to help us continue to deliver goods like maize, beans, milk and rice to keep the community healthy.
Now with the holidays right around the corner, we are preparing to gather Holiday Baskets that will hopefully feed families for several days. At a time with so much uncertainty and extreme fear, we want to make sure we can keep cultural traditions a possiblity for the residents of Makindu. Having tradition and culture increases hope.
Food baskets are more important now than ever as we must deliver food to each house individually to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the Corona Virus continues to spread, we are happy that so far, the centre has stayed COVID-19 free. However, to continue this, we will need as many funds as possible to keep everyone safe. Our fundraising has been limited due to the lack of events we have been able to have over the last few months and because we don’t know when we will be able to go back to doing events, we must rely on funding from donors like you. We are so grateful to be able to report that no one has been infected with COVID-19, but we can’t assure that will be the case if we don’t have the proper funding to keep preventing the spread. At this time, we are all feeling the affects of COVID-19. In Kenya, sanitation is a lot harder to control compared to other developed countries in the world. Food baskets are helping tremendously and we truly hope to continue delivering food to each household. Thank you for helping. Your contributions help us keep the community safe, healthy and happy.
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.
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