COVID-19  Kenya Project #47738

Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya

by GARDEN OF HOPE FOUNDATION
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya
Sustain 500 families affected by Covid-19 in Kenya

Joy just turned 2 years!!.

I never throught I would get to see her 1st birthday. "I am 19 years old, a mother of 1 beautifil girl called Joy. I got pregant in 2019 August. This was after someone I trusted took advantage of my desparate situation and forced me into early "marriage" I did not have a choice at this time, becuase my parents passed on when I was still young. I had to drop out of college because I could not afford to pay my school fees and up keep. In March 2020, Joy was born, unfortunately this was the same day Kenya annouced its first Covid-19 case. The situation was dire, because of Covid-19 restrictions.

I could not secure a job, get my baby basic needs or even travel. As a young mother, I could not attend regular clinics after delivery. I tried several options to solve the situation, but nothing seemed promising. After 2 months of struggle, a close friend introduced me to Garden of Hope Foundation. That is when I learnt about the young mothers program.

This opportunity was quite exciting for me, becuase I believed it would help meet the needs of my daughter. I attended all the sessions with my daughter, luckily Garden of Hope Foundation provides a conducive environment for young mothers. After the sessions, I prepared a via business plan. I was able to receive some start-up capital from the organization to start the business. My business has been running for 7 months. Joy is healthy and happy. I have moved to my own place. I am saving some money from the business to ensure my daughter get the best education".

Regards Mama Joy.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people jobless. In Kenya, over 1.5 million people have lost their jobs since the pandemic started. This means that more and more families cannot be able to get a daily meal or afford basic needs. Women and Children are the most affected. Rose was married at the age of 19 years. As a young girl with so much dreams, her life was cut short when her parents died. This forced her into early marriage. Unfortunately her "husband" left her with one child in Kibera slum.

Rose did not have an option except to start provding for herself and her young child. Because of her low level of education, she could only secure casual jobs which are not well paying. When the pandemic hit, she was one of the 1.5 million Kenyans who were rendered jobless. Her employer could not allow her to continue with her job. Rose was forced to sleep in the streets with her child for several months.

During this time, she knocked on several doors for jobs, but unfortunately nothing was forth-coming. Rose was later introduced to our young mother's economic empowerment program by one of the well wishers who had heard of her plight. She succefully went through the program and was given a start-up capital to start her business. Rose is currently running a profit making business in Kibra and she is able to provide for her family. Her son just started school. Apart from her business, Rose has dedicated herselft to mentoring young people on various issues that affect them in the community.

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Jane is a single mother of 6 biological children. Her husband passed on in January 2019. This situation forced Jane to step in and become the bread winner in her family. Sometimes her children would help her in putting food on the table, a situation that forced them to miss school. They live in a single room in Kibra slum where access to clean water and better housing is a challenge. 

In October 2020, Jane was adversely affected by Covid-19. She was let go of her employment because of the upsurge of Covid-19 cases. She was mainly depending on casual and manual work. "I didn't know what to do, how my children will eat or go to school. I was also afraid that I would be locked out of my house becuase I could not afford to pay rent" Jane says. 

She shared her story with a close friend. Luckily, this friend was a benefficiary of our the women economic empowerment. She quickly refered her to join the program. As a passionate business woman, Jane did not have a challenge going through the classes. "I realized that this is what I needed after I was let go of my job during the pandemic"

During the sessions, Jane designed a fruit and vegatable vending business. We supported her by ensuring she has enough finances to launch her business. Jane currently runs a sustainable business. She just enrolled her third born in high school. 

Thank you for your continued support to mother's like Jane during the pandemic. 
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"My name is Irene, I am 19 years old. I live in Kibera slum with my 2 year old daughter. When my parents passed on 6 year ago, I had no where to go expect travel to the city (Naiorbi) to live with my relatives. Unfortunately things did not turn out the way I had hoped they will. 

I got pregnant at 16 years, I had to drop out of school and get married. This was mainly because I would stay out of school for several months becuase I did not have school fees and other essentials. In order to provide for my child and ensure that I continue supporting my family, I had to look for a job. Unfortunately the only job available was casual work (house keeping) which does not pay well in Kenya. This was the only job I could do due to my low education level.

In late 2019, my "husband" became violent and I had to live. Unfortunately in 2020, I also lost my job due to covid-19. I had nowhere to go, fortunately I close friend of mine took me in and introduced me to Garden of Hope Foundation"  

 Irene had developed several symptom of mental health when we first met her. The pressure of providing for her daughter and her own epxenses was affecting her mental health. Through the  covid-19 program, Irene has been able to start a business and she is currently generating a weekly profit of Ksh 2,000. Irene can provide for her daughter and she is looking forward to paying school fees for the first time.

Irene is one of the 50 young mothers who have been supported so far by the program. This is because of your generous donations. 

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Vivian in class.
Vivian in class.

 

"Hello,

2020 was a tough year me as a student. In March, I had to stop going to school becuase of Covid-19. I had only 1 year left before I graduate from high school. I was confused and anxious, studying at home proved difficult especially in situations where I could not understand different concepts. 

In June the same year, my parents lost their sources of  income. I had to step in and start supporting my parents, I dropped my studies at and started hawking bananas. My parents would on the other hand do some casual work. I come from a family of 6. I am the second born, the first born has her own family. In a day, we would make $ 3. 

I was introduced to Garden of Hope Foundation through the mentorship sessions they run in our school. Seeing that life was difficult. I turned to one place I knew I would get hope, this was GoHF. After sharing my situation with the team from Garden of Hope Foundation, they invited me to join their Covid-19 tuition program. This program was being offered to all the students who could not afford to study at home. Garden of Hope Foundation also provided my family with start-up capital to start a small business. 

In January 2021, Garden of Hope Foundation paid my school fees for the term. Though, my mum has secured another job, Dad is still running the business started by Garden of Hope Foundation." 

Thank you for your support. 

Vivian

Vivian and her family benefited from our Covid-19 fund

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GARDEN OF HOPE FOUNDATION

Location: NAIROBI, KENYA - Kenya
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Victor Odhiambo
NAIROBI, KENYA Kenya
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