KCDF Response to COVID-19
Dear Partner and Friends,
We hope you are keeping well at this trying and uncertain time and that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones. The world has been hit hard and we are all feeling the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis.
We hope that united in taking responsible actions, we can all make this situation bearable.
In line with the Government's directive of working remotely, we were able to quickly transition all staff to work from home. I am glad to report that all of our staff members are safe and we continue to deliver our programs as efficiently and effectively as we can while leveraging on existing technological tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom Video Conferencing to collaborate both internally and with our partners.
As an organization that supports marginalized and disadvantaged communities, now more than ever, we remain committed in showing solidarity as we seek to support them during this difficult time.
Standing with Vulnerable Communities
As KCDF, we were able to quickly get in-touch with some of the community organizations we support while riding on their collective efforts that they had made either through reaching out to their friends (social capital) and ability to raise resources from within the communities, having established trust, credibility and accountability. These partners being agents of change, are reaching out to the most vulnerable in the community.
Our efforts in scaling up their efforts are underway as we have since partnered with groups in 12 counties across Kenya. Nairobi county being one of the hotspots with the highest number of infections based on data where new infections have began to spread, we have deployed resources both in the form of cash and non-cash items to largely groups in informal settlements of Kangemi, Mukuru, Viwandani, Kibera, Mathare and Kariobangi through our partners.
We will also work with partners in Mombasa, Kajiado, Kilifi, Homabay, Busia and Narok counties who will deliver assistance to the neediest groups in the rural communities. Even as we continue to respond to this emergency, we have not lost sight of the medium and long term interventions in supporting livelihoods of these communities to mitigate against deepening poverty and eroding the gains we have made thus far. We are looking at simple interventions such as provisions of seeds and farm implements to take advantage of the rainy seasons which will play a critical role in enhancing food security in the coming months.
This epidemic has provided a renewed collaboration between the Foundation and different corporate partners we have worked with in the past as we focus on prevention and best practices when it comes to containing the spread of the virus through provision of hand washing stations, providing recyclable health masks and for families whose livelihoods has completely been affected, provide food care packages for their daily meals. From the care packages already distributed, we have seen as little as Kes. 1500 worth of a food basket can support a family for one week, while Kes. 6500 is enough towards setting up a community hand-washing station.
Kindly feel free to join us in making a contribution of any amount to any of the refrenced packages.
You can send your contribution to:
KCDF Paybill Number: 522800
In addition, we have resources for nonprofits and organizations who are working remotely during this COVID-19 outbreak which can be found here.