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The COVID-19 Crisis in Kenya

03 Aug 2020

The current situation in Kenya is dire and is worsening by the week, as officially confirmed coronavirus cases continue to escalate at an alarming rate.

We often hear of the risk that Covid-19 poses within Australia, but for comparison, the Kibera and Kawangware slums (where most of our sponsored children came from) have a density about 35 times that of any Australian city. The almost two million people living in these slums, without sanitation or easy access to safe water, are sitting ducks for an horrendous sweeping infection.

Governments, aware of this, swiftly enforced strict lockdown measures. Overnight the slums’ employment levels dropped from a low 50% to virtually zero. Families with no savings have been left to beg for food and many are going hungry, especially those without families.

African Leaf’s almost 20 sponsored children, who are all usually living and learning in boarding schools and colleges, have not been at school since late in March and have been temporarily placed by African Leaf with relatives and other trusted guardians, whom we have been obliged to support in addition to the individual children. The schools are not expected to reopen till next year at the earliest, which is a disastrous situation. Several of our sponsors here in Australia have reluctantly had to cancel or reduce their normal support and our usual costs of caring for our kids have increased substantially. Hence, the reason for our current appeal campaign.

Depending on the level of your support, we also hope to be able to make some contribution to two other very worthy appeals which are currently being run by: (1) our close partner in Kenya, the Rudolf Steiner at Mbagathi, which has an emergency appeal for funds to provide food for local families and children – see www.africanleaf.org.au/the-children/farm-school and for upgrading for re-opening ; and (2) an Australian not-for-profit company run by the son of our former sponsors, which usually donates its profits to building classrooms at St Johns School on the edge of Kibera slum but is currently providing support to thousands of desperate families in the Kibera community who are struggling to put food on the plate – see www.nicecoffee.org

Thank you so much for your help.