Project #196 | Supporting Distance Learning in Kenya

Our partnership with Mwanzo

Early in the Pandemic, when the Kenyan government mandated closure of all schools in March 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. The students’ families, the majority of whom are subsistence farmers, were simultaneously impacted by the sudden halt to commerce. The closure of public markets restricted farmers’ abilities to sell their harvests and earn income. Together, the consequences of COVID-19 pushed many of the children and families who study and receive daily nutrition at MEC into severe food insecurity.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Mwanzo in late April 2020 to initiate an emergency response. We immediately provided food packs of beans, corn, and rice to 40 of the most vulnerable MEC families. Additionally, Mwanzo provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like hand sanitizer, soap, and portable containers for frequent hand-washing to the community and began creating and distributing class materials so that students could continue their studies while at home. Lastly, Mwanzo was enabled to equip staff with cell phones allowing for ongoing, distance support to the students and their families.

Our collective impact

People Received Emergency Food Relief

Students Received Home Learning Support

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits Distributed

Meet Rhoda

Rhoda is a widow, a grandmother, and the legal guardian for two grandchildren who attend the MEC primary school. While she remains an engaged grandmother and guardian, her mobility is limited due to arthritis, increasing the obstacles she faces as both caregiver and provider. When Rhoda received the emergency food items from Mwanzo, she leaned against the chair and praised God in tears and smiles for his kindness! The gift of food is life-saving for Rhoda’s family, especially at this time when schools are shut down and the government restrictions have closed the market places.

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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