Joy Murphy: April 2020
In Kenya the coronavirus situation is terrible, with none of the Karibuni feeding programmes operating since their Government closed all the schools, etc. In addition the casual work the children's carers did to earn a little money, has disappeared as there is a virtual lockdown and a curfew every evening. How people in the slums are meant to use the shared toilets and wash their hands when neither is available in their homes, I cannot imagine.
As a result Karibuni has launched an appeal to enable the projects to supply food parcels via the social workers, to each family once a month. To read John Cotton's appeal letter, click here.
Here is an update from one of the projects by Henry Nteere:
"Concerning the project children, upon checking and ascertaining that many of the families were experiencing difficulties in getting food, the management board granted approval that we offer some little help. And on March 28th, the families were called to come collect some food items. In our estimation the food package we gave may last a small family of three people for about one Month at most; taking two meals a day. In addition to the food items, each family was given a bar of soap, 3 litres of cooking oil and will get 2 by 20 (= 40 litres) of clean water per day. We bought the items in bulk at wholesale price and divided to the families in equal measure. The total cost per family was ksh. 1,450. We utilized the March food budget with additional funding coming from our 'menu 2' ( Wesley). I attach some photographs taken during the presentation of the food packages.
We do not know how long the current problem will last, but we will review the matter at an appropriate time to see whether further help will be needed. We now know one thing for a fact and that is most of the parents/guardians of these children are no longer able to get the usual menial jobs they used to depend on for livelihood. This is because many of the people that used to give them those jobs are now at home or are working from home and therefore doing their domestic chores themselves.
Finally I want to thank the Trustees for the generosity and most importantly, for their concerns for the poor children and families supported at the Wesley-Njoro project. It is at a time like now that one really gets to know who the true friends are. And these families now know they have a friend in the UK called 'Karibuni Children' who truly cares. May God bless all the Trustees of Karibuni Children whose thoughts are always with these very needy children."
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