SOS Children’s Villages has secured food donation worth Sh 1.7 Million to help vulnerable households weather shocks from COVID-19. The contributions comprise of 10 tons of packed dry nutritional grain dense meal from KAPU Africa, a division of Midwest Foodbank USA.
There are more than 500 vulnerable households in Suba, Mombasa and Busia. Including Nairobi’s informal settlements like Kiambiu, City Carton, Dandora, Kariobangi, Mbotela, Bahati, Uhuru and Jerusalem will benefit from the donations.
Following the governments directive on the 5.00 am to 7:00 pm curfew and the 21-day containment for affected counties. Households that depend on daily wages and petty trade to make ends meet are finding it difficult to cope with the effects.
SOS Children’s Villages Kenya National Programs Director, Mr Pascal Mailu said, “vulnerable people are the hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic. And the donations will help them cope with shocks.”
“SOS CV KE in partnership with other like-minded partners. We are obliged to support the national government. Especially in the efforts in mitigating the social and economic consequences of this pandemic,” added Mr Mailu.
“We will also extend the support to five Charitable Children Institutions. Especially those that are in dire need of food assistance through the Department of Children Services, Nairobi,” added Mr Mailu.
To make this useful, SOS Children will work with community volunteers, volunteer children officers, office of the local chief and self-help groups. To reach out and distribute the food donation to targeted households in different informal settlements.
SOS CV family strengthening program reaches out to 4,822 households. With interventions aimed at empowering the vulnerable families to be able to protect and care for their children. While also equipping the caregivers with skills to help them in their care-giving role. Education and health support and economic empowerment for the household.
SOS children’s villages Kenya runs Education, Health, SOS Family Care, Family Strengthening, Advocacy and Youth Empowerment Programmes.