Prices of food and other essential items have quadrupled in Lubumbashi, D.R.Congo due to shortages, following the closure of the Zambian border, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The city has seen a significant increase in insecurity, with increasing numbers of children in desperate need of support. We are setting up outreach centres to take food and clean water out to children in need, ensuring those with health needs get access to medical facilities. To make this happen, we need your help.
Due to the risk of coronavirus infections in the region the Zambian border was shut. This has led to a shortage of maize flour and other essential items. Prices have quadrupled in recent weeks. There has been a down turn in the local economy due to lower demand in the mining sector. Families are not able to feed their children and numbers of children on the street are increasing.
Kimbilio is setting up outreach teams to go out to vulnerable children on the streets to provide them with food, water and access to medical care when needed.
This project will save children from potential starvation and acute medical needs. It will also lead to a reduction in COVID-19 transmission children displaying symptoms can be quickly identified and provided with appropriate care and medical support.
Increase in insecurity in Lubumbashi
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