COVID-19 saw its first case in Kenya on the 13th March, with cases increasing on a daily basis similar to countries all over the world. Since the outbreak arrived in Europe, we have been working alongside the ministry of health, local businesses and working with our team on the ground to ensure that the response that we provide deals in the most effective way possible with the challenges faced and the challenges to evolve.
Since the outbreak in Kenya, cases grow on a daily basis, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicting that Africa will be the epicentre of the pandemic in the near future and the World Health Programme and UN announcing a risk of widespread famines. This time is unprecedented and we have seen many cases of "normal" Africans already fearing starvation and beginning to live through it; people who live on a daily basis hand to mouth.
It is estimated that in Kajiado County that 150,000 people will be driven to starvation. With market closures a reality and Nairobi in lockdown, people who have livestock find an inability to unlock capital in order to purchase food; again pushing the reality of starvation not just onto the very poorest people.
Very much like our overall charity strategy, our response is based on a number of different pillars. Prevention and COVID-19 training, Education for children now not in school, support model for communities around Kenya facing starvation and finally a support model for those in Magadi facing starvation through lockdown.
We are aiming to provide the first line of defence in prevention and education with then a secondary layer helping people facing starvation. In every aspect we are looking to continue local investment and to keep the economy in these remote places going to prevent longer term damage.
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