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.
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