Food and Soap Distribution to families in Mathare
On the 15th March, 2020 the Kenyan government, in response to the threat of coronavirus , ordered that primary and secondary schools be closed with immediate effect. The country is in a partial lockdown after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the closure of schools, and imposed sweeping travel restrictions.
As a result of this the End of Term exams which were scheduled for April at Patmos School were cancelled. The Headmaster also had to postpone the end of term health check-ups for the children with Dr. Daniel Busela and these will now hopefully take place in May or when the schools reopen.
Since Patmos School temporarily closed on the 15th March, 2020, the Headmaster and staff have been reaching out to the families of the school children with food supplies, hand sanitisers and bars of soap. The school social workers are also providing outreach programs and teaching families about the importance of observing basic hygiene.
As there is a real shortage of water and washing facilities in Mathare, the Headmaster has opened up the school bore hole and he has made it available to families in the local community on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week.
Teachers have also tried to ensure wherever possible that the children have sufficient homework to do whilst the school is closed.
The food supplies, soap and hand sanitisers provided for the families were funded by Orphan/Yatima Outreach supporters.
June 2020 Update:
Throughout June Richard and his outreach team have continued to support the families of Patmos School children by distributing food supplies safely from the school premises. This distribution takes place every Wednesday and to date as many as 105 families have benefitted from the bags of rice which the school has provided. The school has also continued to allow access to the school bore hole three times a week to the families.
In June, with a kind donation of funds from a UK supporter, Richard was able to purchase 10 large sacks of sifted maize flour. Each sack contained 12 x 2 Kg bags of flour and these were distributed to 84 families alongside the bags of rice which the school is already providing to the families.
School Outreach Program:
As well as providing outreach support in the community in respect of food and water supplies, the Headmaster together with the teachers and school social workers have also continued to try and provide a holistic approach to ensuring the general well-being of the children.