Like most of the world, the coronavirus outbreak has caused lockdowns, restrictions and closures in Kenya. However, unlike in the UK, US and most of Europe, the Kenyan government has offered little to no help for the people suffering as a result of inability to work, or school closures.
The key issues facing those in the community of Ngando, a slum of Nairobi are:
So what are we doing?
Porridge and Rice have been working with 5 schools in the slums of Nairobi since 2014. We support them with feeding programmes, improvements to infrastructure and furniture, income for teachers, educational sponsorship and any other needs that are presenting.
Why do we need extra help?
Due to school closures, the schools have lost a significant part of their ability to stay afloat; the schools charge a small fee per child (approx £10/$12 per month). This loss means they are unable to pay teachers, and unable to pay the rent for the school land. This means teachers are suffering immensely, losing their homes, and the school land may be returned to the landlords meaning when schools are eventually allowed to reopen, there may be no school to return to. Children are also not receiving their vital school means, for some their only meal of the day.
How can you help?
Donating any amount of money provides a lifeline to this community, the children of Ngando and their teachers.
- £3/$5 feeds a child for a week
- £10 / £12 provides education for a month
- £50 / $75 provides a teacher's monthly income, allowing them to survive another month of school closures.
The coronavirus situation has impacted us all, but unfortunately those in developing countries are seeing the more extreme and detrimental impacts of the economic and social crisis which is ensuing.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and I hope you have been inspired to give a little to these incredible people.