School Feeding Program for Vulnerable Children

Update posted by Bernard Otieno On Feb 04, 2021

A study conducted in nine African countries (including Kenya) by Human Rights Watch (HRW) between April and August 2020 revealed that COVID-19 is exacerbating previous inequalities by excluding vulnerable children from receiving quality education (Human Rights Watch, 2020). As of November 11, 2020, Kenya had reported 64, 588 COVID-19 cases, with 1,154 deaths (John Hopkins University, 2020). Despite national efforts and strict measures designed to curb the spread of the virus, the country continues to suffer from the knock-on effects of the pandemic (BBC, 2020).

Of particular concern is the plight of children, as well as their inalienable and fundamental right to education. Enshrined in Article 53(1) of the Kenyan Constitution (Constitution of the Republic of Kenya, 2010), the right to education is at risk now, more than ever before. In a country with large numbers of underprivileged children, the global pandemic is severely restricting young people’s ability to access quality education, exposing them to further grave human rights violations.

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Update posted by Bernard Otieno On Feb 04, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim more lives in Kenya. In addition, the Government measures against the pandemic have far reaching effects on Kenyans. Unfortunately, COVID-19 affects different populations differently. It does not only highlight but also widen existing inequalities. The youth (which include children) form the largest part of Kenya’s population.

It is important to focus on them to actively join the fight against COVID-19 by using their creativity and innovation. To achieve this, the Government, the civil society, the private sector and all community members must unite in empowering the children and youth to play positive roles in this war. If the youth are safeguarded and are involved in mitigating risks, the country will come out of this pandemic stronger.

We, therefore, still request your humble assistance to make the best out of education to our children. We can only achieve this by encouraging them to attend school.

Ben Otieno.


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Update posted by Bernard Otieno On Jan 22, 2021

In the current report by KEMRI, Kenya is expected to experience a surge in the Corona Virus Infections to peak at over 2 million from March due to the opening of schools across the country.

My organization again reiterates the importance of providing safety kits to schools to help reduce the rate of infections among the pupils and teachers. Your assistance will really go a long way in committing to improved livelihoods and sustainability during this pandemic.

We thank you in advance for your immediate response; while encouraging you share the information widely.

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Update posted by Bernard Otieno On Jan 21, 2021

Due to the Government of Kenya directive to ban students and pupils from carrying sanitizers to school, my organization - Love Africa International Foundation; will continue to receive material assistance from you donors; but will instead hand over the safety kits to the school management (Sunrise African Academy). They will manage the distribution of the sanitizers and the masks to the pupils on behalf of our organization.

We still encourage you to submit to your obligations of giving back to the community as a sense of personal social responsibility and giving back to the community.

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Update posted by Bernard Otieno On Jan 20, 2021

Apart from the School Feeding Program initiative launched, we hope to extend to our well wishers the need for acquire safety kits for our school going pupils due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Most of the vulnerable children are unable to attend classes due to inaccessibility to safety kits (Masks/ Sanitizers, Handkerchiefs, etc) which are now mandatory for schools.

Apart from the financial assistance requested for the feeding program, we also wish to request for material assistance in terms of COVID-19 safety kits which can be directly donated to the benefit of the vulnerable school going pupils.

We thank again in advance for your generosity and the spread and share of the word.

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