Kibera Slums Community Development Program (KISCODEP) is a local non governmental organization registered in Kenya in the year 2007 and operates within Kibera slums, the largest slums in Africa south of Sahara. Our mission is to promote and improve the living standards of the poor through establishing sector-specific programs geared towards community development. Our efforts are in Health, ICT, Energy, Environment and Microfinance.
In this project, we are raising funds to assist in mitigating the Covid-19 disease in Kibera Slums. Our reason for this is that Kibera is one of the most overcrowded places in the world, with a population of about one million people, occupying an area of eight and a half square kilometres. This means the population density is about 80,000 per square kilometre! This characteristic poses danger in attracting the disease which is mainly transmitted through contacts.
Kibera slums is inhabited by people with low income; people live from hand-to-mouth since employment opportunities are not within their reach. Families are large, characterized by the presence of many widows, widowers and many vulnerable persons. diseases such as cholera, TB, and HIV/AIDS related ones are rampant. Most families live with less than a dollar each day.It is a state of abject poverty!
Health measures taken by the government like quarantine, curfew, lock-down and testing are seen more by the slum dwellers like security mission rather than health governance issue. This has been exacerbated by deployment of force rather than civic education to the public. Militarization of Covid-19 in policing health guidelines has driven away most people here from cooperating and partnering with the government. Some of the sick fear going to health facilities for fear of being branded Covid-19 victims, and taken to quarantine facilities. Residents view the government action as an aim to isolate them to die of hunger rather than to control the spread of the disease, because it has severe social , economic and financial consequences to the livelihood of the poor.
There is no comprehensive response strategy and proactive forward planning for Covid-19 disease partly due to huge budget pegged on it and other array of chronic diseases, and partly due to emerging disasters such as floods, landslides and locusts invasion, which continue to cause loss of lives and negatively affect food production in the country.
Due to the foregoing, and because prevention is better than cure, KISCODEP needs your support to continue UNDERTAKING DOOR-TO DOOR CIVIC EDUCATION ABOUT COVID-19 DISEASE IN THE SLUMS, GIVING FOOD, SOAPS AND FACE MASKS (WHICH THEY CAN'T AFFORD DUE TO POVERTY) TO MOST VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS. This is to increase understanding about the disease as per the WHO guidelines in line of transmission, risk factors and source of infections as well as how to protect themselves and others, especially the vulnerable and those at higher risk, and at the same time alleviating hunger to the most hungry.
Our mission is only achievable because of you. It's high time you made a positive impact to humanity, and this is godly because you would be saving lives of future mankind. "The world without people is no world". HELP US SAVE LIFE!