Kokwa project on GlobalGiving platform has been the most successful and many well-wishers have generously contributed to our project supporting many people in the remote Kokwa Island. Thank you so much to all who have supported our project which is now 100% funded. We will be upgrading our project to include more beneficiaries and especially on livelihood support which is now the priority in the Island. It has been very challenging and especially during the covid 19 pandemic. The area has been very dry with very little to do for income generation. Community in the Island mainly depend on fishing for their source of income and food for their families and fishing has not been easy. I visited the Island last week and I was very surprised to see the damage caused by the flooding of the lake last year. The situation is slowly improving but there is so much to be done for the community. The County Government of Baringo and National Government need to intervene to help the community. Our partners have promised continuation of the school feeding program in Kirepari primary school to ensure these young children in the village get at least some meals to keep them going. Thank you to our partners for their support to this community. This week as well they have been distributing scholarships to the vulnerable learners in primary and secondary schools. We also express our gratitude to all who have contributed to the achievement of this project. Your generous support has played a great role to the beneficiaries. As we expand our project, we welcome all you on board for further support and progress. Thank you very much
Happy New Year. It is by the grace of God that we are celebrating another new year. The year has started well as we pray and trust that it will be more fruitful despite the many challenges facing people in the world. The covid 19 pandemic has been a big challenge to all of us but worst to the vulnerable community and many people who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. As earlier reported, Necofa together with Kokwa nurse and community health workers has been conducting sensitization forums to the Kokwa community members encouraging them to consider being vaccinated against covid 19. The sensitization forums has not been in vein since after the forums a good number of community members have volunteered to be vaccinated. Necofa facilitated the process by providing transport, meals and some allowances to the nurses from Marigat sub-hospital to Kokwa Island to vaccinate the community members. The sensitization forums are on-going and once community members are ready for vaccinations, Necofa will still support the process.
Kokwa Island has been extremely dry and hot with very little activities for the community members for income generation. They have been going through many challenges and feeding their families has been identified as the major challenge. Students have been at home for a short holiday and they are now resuming studies for 3rd term. Thanks to our partners for supporting the vulnerable households through education scholarships as well as supporting school feeding programs in Kerepari school where children benefit with porridge in the morning, fruits and lunch. Supporting feeding program in Kirepari schoo is a great achievement since it acts as motivation to the learners hence attracting most of them in school. Community health has been another challenge facing the community and especially during the pandemic. In our own ways, we have tried to support the community in one way or the other and we have been inviting our friends, family members and colleagues in supporting the community. We have received clothes donation from friends, colleagues and family members especially during festive seasons. Donated clothes, shoes and school bags have already been distributed to the community. The exercise is on-going and we will be collecting more donations from well-wishers. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed, donated and supporting Kokwa community. Thank you very much and I wish you all prosperous New Year 2022.
Greetings from Kenya we believe and trust that all have been safe and healthy during these uncertain moments in the whole world. The covid 19 pandemic has been a bother to many with people now learning to live with it since they are new stories about the disease every day. The introduction of vaccines have been taken positively by many people although there is a good number that are against the vaccines and a lot of propaganda on the same. In Kenya people were a bit hesitant and only few people volunteered to be vaccinated and many waited to see the reactions for the vaccinated group and at the same time understand the side effects related to the vaccines. The government gave priority to the seniors above 58 years, teachers, nurses and doctors and the vulnerable groups. Currently people are voluntary going for the vaccines and the government has continued to encourage people to be vaccinated. In Kokwa Island, many people have not been vaccinated due to various challenges and reasons like inadequate access to the service, fear and lack of sensitization. To encourage people and especially seniors to be vaccinated, we have requested the local community nurse together with community health workers to sensitize the community informing them the importance of the vaccine and we are optimistic the number will grow for people willing to be vaccinated. We have a group of community members who are willing to be vaccinated but they don’t have access to the vaccines. Our plan is to have a good number of people willing to be vaccinated then make arrangement with doctors and nurses from Marigat hospital go and vaccinate the willing group from Kokwa dispensary. Necofa will finance this process and ensure people benefit from the exercise. We hope sensitization forums will be fruitful and people will be ready for the vaccine.
Learning has been on going in Kokwa School and we have not had positive cases in the school unlike other schools where some of them have been closed for 2 weeks due to the increased cases. Generally in schools the situation has not been very bad. In the country delta has been very serious and the number of infections has been growing and deaths as well. People are now worried and accepting that covid is real unlike before. We have continued to work closely with Kokwa community but with reduced interactions and visits to the community. The area has been quite dry and putting food on the table has been very challenging. The pandemic has also contributed as people lost their jobs, hotel closed etc making it difficult for the community to earn income for basic needs. We have not been in a position to support vulnerable families with food like we were doing due to limited resources. The support we have received from GlobalGiving have been channeled to provision of food stuff to very vulnerable families though not continuous but once in a while. The number of vulnerable families is increasing and with limited resource it has not been possible to support all of them and it can only be only once in a while. We would like to see a good number of families benefit from the food stuff, soaps and masks but this has not been the case. We appreciate the support we have received and sincerely thank all those who have generously contribute. We welcome any support from our well-wishers to enable us keep visiting vulnerable families and making them smile for a number of days as they enjoy their meals. You have been with us in this journey and we still count on you to continue with the journey of supporting Kokwa Island community. Thank you and stay safe.
The year 2021 started quite well and we were all very optimistic that the year will be more fruitful than 2020. In January when schools were reopened after the long closure, covid 19 positivity rates had reduced and we were all very hopeful that soon there will be no more positive cases and life could go on well as usual. Learners had a successful school terms without major effects and less spread of the diseases and they continued with their learning till the term ended. In March 2021, the positivity rate increased and the number of deaths were scaring. The government had to take some measures among them lockdown in 5 most affected counties and it was official that we were in the third wave of covid 19 pandemic. It is very unfortunate as most people have really suffered as a result of the pandemic and cost of living has been extremely high. The situation is now improving and no lockdowns at the moment. Schools have reopened this week and learners are reporting back for this school term as we wish them all the best. We continue to encourage them to be extra careful and follow all guidelines given by the ministry of Health.
In Kokwa Island we continued with the food support to the vulnerable families unfortunately it was not for long due to limited resources. We really feel for them since also the area had a serious drought between January and end of March but we are happy it is now raining. The community is facing various challenges which are getting worse due to the pandemic effects. We are in the process of fundraising to assist in addressing some of these challenges and we are already addressing some of them but in a small way. The government of Kenya initiated the fight against malaria where a vaccine for children below 5 years old was introduced. Baringo County being one the areas with high transmission participated in the initiative and children below 5 years old have been receiving the vaccines as directed by the ministry of health. The government has also been conducting sensitization forums in the selected counties and Kokwa Island in Baringo have benefitted. At the moment they are distributing bed nets in the island as one of the way of fighting malaria. We are happy with these initiatives and support extended to the Kokwa Island community. In our own way through support given by on GlobalGiving platform we have been supporting the Kokwa community in addressing health challenges. We are greatful for the continued support and we sincerely thank you all for your generous contributions. Together with you we have made the community smile and they really appreciate your support. The journey is still long and we invite you to consider continuation of the journey with us. Thank you and stay safe.
Happy New Year greetings from us and the communities that we work with. The year 2020 has gone and we have started another year where we are all optimistic that it will be more fruitful. The journey has been tough and we are happy we have walked with Kokwa community to this far. As earlier reported, we have been distributing food stuff and soaps to the vulnerable families in Kokwa Island. Thank you very much to all well-wishers and our friend for your continued support. When we started the initiative of supporting vulnerable families with food and bar soaps, we were not sure that we would do it for long. Thank you for the support as we have been distributing food and bar soaps to the needy families in Kokwa Island every month. It was not easy but through the generous contributions, we have made these families happy and healthy during the tough times of the covid 19. The situation is not any better but we hope it will be better in the course of the year. School going children suffered as well since March when the government closed all the schools. Most of them were getting lunch from school but since then, most of them had to adjust to 1 meal per day and a cup of tea in the morning. This is because most families could not afford 3 meals a day as the sources of their income were affected as well. Schools have been opened and students are back to school most of them enjoying lunch in the schools. The vulnerable families will continue receiving food and bar soaps support from us although it will not be for long. With your generous support we can prolong the duration as we hope things will normalize and people will start earning some incomes from different economic activities. On behalf of the Kokwa community, we convey our gratitude to everybody who has supported the community. Thank you very much as we wish all a fruitful blessed New Year 2021. We also request you for more support this year to enable us reach even more vulnerable families in the Island. They have approached us for support and we cannot accommodate more at the moment due to limited resources. With increase support, we will have more vulnerable families benefitting. Thank you in advance, stay safe and take care.
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