COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Wanalea Children's Home is a Charitable Children's Institution, legally registered in Kenya, that was founded by ADDHU (Association for the Defense of Human Rights), a Portuguese NGO, in January 2008, with the objective of providing assistance to orphan and vulnerable children from the slums in Nairobi.

The institution currently provides shelter, food, education and medical care to 35 children, as well as psychological support and lots of love and care. Most of children come from extremely complicated backgrounds, some being orphans, others having been victims of all different types of abuse, and they were placed in the Wanalea Children's Home by the District Children's Office as they were in urgent need of protection and care. 

Besides their basic needs, the children find in our Home the Family they have lost or never had. They live as brothers and sisters under the caring guidance of our House Mothers who are mainly qualified social workers and child care providers. 

The world is now facing a very difficult period of uncertainty. On the 13 of March, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kenya. The following day two more cases were confirmed. On the 15 of March, President Kenyatta closed the borders of the country to all foreigners coming from areas affected by the pandemic, except for citizens and residents. He also ordered the immediate closure of all learning institutions and suspended all public events in order to avoid large gatherings of people. There are now 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and many other suspected cases still waiting for confirmation. These are drastic but necessary measures if we want to avoid an humanitarian catastrophe. The Kenyan health care system is far from being ready and able to handle a crisis of these dimensions and has already began showing signs of that incapacity.

At the Wanalea Children's Home, we have already started taking action and implementing the preventive measures recommended by the World Health Organization. We have reinforced hygiene procedures and protocols, we have suspended all volunteer programs and visits to the institution, and we are closely monitoring the children, especially the ones who have preexisting conditions that compromise their immune systems. 

We are facing some very difficult times ahead of us, and only by showing love, care and solidarity with each other will we be able to beat this pandemic that has literally turned our lives upside down. We know we are all anxious and nervous, but this is the time to be there for each other. 

We need your help to fight this pandemic by protecting our children, and others, and making sure they don't lack any basic needs during this period of hardship. We would like to create an emergency fund of 6,000 Euros to enable us to properly respond to this global crisis. This will enable us to purchase sanitizing and disinfectant products, as well as antibacterial soaps, gloves and masks, and to create a stock of medicines and food in case the situation worsens and there is scarcity. 

Please help us protect our children, who are already so vulnerable, from this terrible virus! 

Thank you!

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