In the past couple weeks, I joined the Adopt a Family initiative to remotely support Moses Omondi and his dedicated team of volunteers from the Kibera Community Emergency Response Team (KCERT) who have been working tirelessly to raise funds to be able to support families living in Kibera, Kenya. Many people who live in this informal settlement are domestic workers and casual labourers who have lost their source of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We started the #adoptafamilychallenge to bring more awareness to the initiative and raise more funds to support as many families as possible during the shelter in place directives.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported thus far. At this point, the crowd funding on M-Changa has raised over $5,000 USD ( $ 7,000 CAD and 532,000 Kenya Shillings). In addition, more money has been sent directly to families who have been linked to local sponsors and there have been various donations of food items on the ground in Kenya.
Here are some major updates from the initiative since the last post:
- Over 600 families have been supported with access to food and other basic necessities
- Two meeting spaces have been established as coordination centres for donations, volunteers and other outreach activities
- More hand washing stations with clean running water and soap have been set up
- Every family supported has been provided with reusable cloth face masks
- Five small businesses have been revived or established in the community
- Public Health messaging is being spread through pamphlets, posters, paintings and art in Kibera to provide education on Covid 19
- The launch of the ‘Adopt a Family Food Program for kids that runs once weekly activities for young children
- Grant funding has been received from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives to establish more hand washing stations, train youth on operating hand washing stations, train women on making liquid soap, and to promote Covid-19 awarenesses in Kibera through social media and community radio
At this time, the number of Covid-19 cases in Kenya continues to rise and the country has expanded its lock down measures with curfews in place. Volunteers continue to work tirelessly to identify and support families in great need, while promoting various public health messaging to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in this very crowded informal settlement.
Please join us in the #Adoptafamilychallenge to bring more awareness and raise more funds in the next 30 days. You can make a one time donation of any amount that will go to support families living in Kibera during the Covid-19 pandemic. Donating is super easy and you can donate any amount via Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or MPESA.
We are indeed stronger together!