Kenya faces enormous challenges. While absolute poverty declined to 46.1% in 2006, it is still higher than in Tanzania and Uganda. Climate change and population growth has also increased Kenya’s vulnerability to drought with the country experiencing frequent emergencies.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
With the ongoing lifting of sanctions and children once again back in school, Kenya is seeing COVID-19 cases on the rise. Staff request prayers for their families and programming as the desperately needed work of World Renew continues.
Currently, World Renew is in the second year of implementing a 4-year maternal and child health project in Kenya. The current challenges faced by the project beneficiaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic include reduced freedom of movement and income. Pregnant and nursing women have difficulties in accessing health care services, specifically antenatal care and postnatal care. Children have also defaulted on their immunization schedules, putting them in danger of a weakened immune system.
In response, World Renew’s team in Kenya continues partnering with our International Disaster Response team and Growing Hope Globally to build on the current project and prevent human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 by communicating critical risks, countering misinformation, reducing infections among close contacts and health care workers, preventing transmission amplification events and educating communities regarding physical distancing. The World Renew model has been adopted by other local partners as the example of safe and effective community support during COVID-19.
World Renew is also coming alongside these farmers by enhancing our extension services, helping farmers access small animals, vegetable gardens and markets during the COVID pandemic. The small animals and vegetable gardens will help supplement income and provide improved nutrition for families during this time.
Despite the inspiring progress made to our programming in Kenya, the needs we are seeing continue to grow more and more pronounced, particularly in regards to establishing Village Savings and Loan Associations. Your gifts to Kenya will go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming. We can’t meet these needs without you.