Schools in Kenya have been closed for the last three months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been an incredibly challenging time for the children, their families and the school staff. Many families rely on the food their children receive at school every day.
Without those feeding programs, the burden of needing to provide two more meals a day for their children weighs heavily on parents—in a time when when lockdowns may have caused them to lose what little income sources they had.
WATCH: Nairobi slum school expresses thanks for food distribution
Bright Hope has been working with our main partner in Mathare, Mathare Community Outreach (MCO), along with other organizations and donors to provide food for staff and students’ families in two Nairobi slums, Mathare Valley and Kariobangi.
The coronavirus lockdowns have caused widespread hunger in the slums of Kenya.
Rose, a teacher in the Kariobangi school, said: “We thank you so much. As teachers…you gave us [food] vouchers, and [we] are so grateful. And once again you’ve remembered our [students’] parents. In fact, they are so happy.”
“I was the one in charge of distributing food to the parents. We packed enough food for them—rice, maize, beans—which is enough to take them for almost three weeks. The parents are so happy, they all wished you well.”
To read more of what’s been happening in Kenya since the COVID-19 outbreak, you can find it here: