Provision for food for children

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Short description

Kenya is a high risk country for COVID-19 due to its relatively weak health system and challenging contexts.

Description

URF is focusing on marginalized and vulnerable children, children in Rural and urban informal settlements, children living with disability, children who are HIV positive and child headed house hold. Children are facing increasing protection risks due to the impact of COVID-19 in Kenya. Loss of income, loss of or ill caregivers has forced many children to beg for food, take hazardous jobs to support their families, or see their families split up in search of food, leaving them alone, unprotected and exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. Families have been forced to marry off their younger daughters to wealthier families to help relieve the financial pressures at home, exposing them to sexual abuse and early pregnancy. The situation is compounded following the Government control measures to close all schools for 7 weeks now, meaning children are left without a vital safeguarding support. Malnutrition amongst children has increased as families have less income to meet their basic needs due to high cost of living, there is rising cost of essential commodities and the cost of living is beyond reach for millions of citizens in the country. This have dire consequences for the half a million children who are already malnourished in Kenya. Many of the poorest families are dependent on casual work and have no economic safeguards, without an income, they are forced to deplete whatever food, fuel and water stocks they have to get by and as an Organization we have taken an initiative of Maintaining life-saving nutrition and health programming throughout the crisis making adaptions where needed in the face of COVID-19.

Target country

Kenya

Project type

  • Food

Support needed

  • Business Strategy

What we need help with

The organization need to be helped with resources to facilitate the following; 1. Risk communication and community engagement To Provide age-appropriate integrated health, hygiene, and child protection information messaging to the communities through mass media, information materials, and through our existing community networks to counter misinformation and mitigate the risks related to COVID-19. Establish a two-way dialogue with community members at all levels (including children youth and women) that seeks to understand their perspectives, solicits their inputs, shares information, explain their fears, ask questions (and have them answered), and engages them in the response. 2. Health and Nutrition: Training & equipping the network of community health workers via online platforms with the information and tools necessary for referrals of COVID-19 victims, whilst also developing strategies to protect them from infection such as providing protective wear and developing guidelines for virtual trainings by the ministry of health. Maintaining life-saving nutrition and health programming throughout the crisis making adaptions where needed in the face of COVID-19. Provide child friendly isolation kits in coordination with the MOH that includes toys and readers to keep children occupied if they have to be quarantined or in isolation. 3. Water, sanitation, and hygiene: Distributing soap, hand sanitizers and handwashing facilities to communities. Priority will be given to families living in informal settlements and market places due to limited access to safe water and sanitation facilities Ensuring safe water supplies are accessible within communities where possible, particularly in health facilities, as well as schools in the recovery period. Household water treatment will be provided so families can treat and disinfect their water. 4. Food Security and Livelihoods: Using multi-purpose cash transfers (through mobile means where possible) to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable families. Engaging and motivating youths to make soap, masks, sanitizer that can support the emergency response and provide an income. To provide certified seeds and fertilizers to vulnerable families to be able to provide food for the families and engage families in agribusiness projects i.e rearing of local poultry and dairy animals ets to increase family income.

Best way to get in touch

Through the Email; universalfoundation2015@gmail.com

Project status

  • Just started