Project #196 | Supporting Distance Learning in Kenya

Our partnership with Mwanzo

Since the government-mandated closure of all schools in the Republic of Kenya on March 16, 2020, the Mwanzo Education Center (MEC) in Rabuor, Kenya, was forced to cease schooling and feeding programs (twice-daily warm meals) for MEC’s 220 preschool and primary school students. Their students’ family members, the majority of whom are subsistence farmers, have also been impacted economically. The closure of public markets restricts farmers’ abilities to sell their harvests and earn money for necessities. Together, these consequences of COVID-19 present a concrete threat of starvation for a portion of families whose children study and receive their daily nutrition at MEC. In late April 2020, our partnership with Mwanzo initiated an effort to address the adverse educational and health impacts of COVID-19, beginning with the purchase and provision of beans, corn, and rice for 40 MEC families that have the greatest risk of extreme hunger. In partnership with One Day’s Wages (ODW), Mwanzo will use partners donations and ODW’s matching funds to expand our support to these families by: Purchasing hand sanitizer, soap, and portable containers for frequent handwashing; buying a high-volume copier to prepare and distribute class materials so that students can continue their studies while at home; and providing utilitarian cell phones to key staff members/teachers so they can remain in frequent contact with the families of our students.

Our collective impact

Emergency food relief packages

Educational packets for at home learning

Basic PPE & health supplies

Meet Rhoda

Rhoda Ogweno is a widow, a grandmother, and a guardian for two grandchildren who attend our MEC primary school. Rhoda lost three of her sons and their wives to AIDS. Rhoda’s mobility is greatly compromised due to arthritis of the joints. The gift of food is life-saving for Rhoda’s family, especially at this time when schools are shut down and the government restricts gathering in markets, where her grandchildren would typically go in search of food. When Rhoda received the emergency food items from Mwanzo, she leaned against the chair and praised God in tears and smiles for his kindness.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our emergency relief fund.

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