Families of special needs children affected by COVID-19 receive food worth Ksh 750,000.
Updated: Jul 12
Nairobi, 2nd June 2020 – Rotary District 9212 and Rotary Nairobi Utumishi Club has today donated food packs worth Ksh. 750,000 to LEA Client Services Ltd, as part of support towards 500 families of special needs children affected by the Global COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic.
The Rotary District 9212 brought together the Rotary District National Emergency Response team chaired by Rtn. Joe Kamau, Rtn. Joe Otin, PDG Geeta Maneek – fundraising lead and Anuja Prashar head of distribution have to date distributed 7000 wash stations, 7500 food hampers across the country. The target is to distribute 17,500 hampers by end of June. Each hamper, worth Ksh 1,500 contains one kilogram of sugar three kilograms of rice, two litres cooking oil, six kilograms of maize flour, two packets of porridge flour, two kilograms of beans and two kilograms of green grams.
With Schools closed during the Covid-19 period, the impact has been more severe for special needs children and their families, interrupting learning, compromising nutrition, causing childcare problems, and increasing economic cost to families who cannot work or whose salaries have reduced drastically.
The COVID-19 outbreak has created additional challenges for children with disabilities and their families. Apart from being concerned with their children’s elevated risk for infection, loss of family income and reduced access to food, medical and hygiene supplies, parents of children with disabilities also find themselves responsible for their often complex physical, academic and psychological needs as they are mostly cut off from all in-person services and support.
“Nearly every family we know with special needs is struggling right now. Their lives are uniquely challenging in normal times, but in today's COVID-19 world, families with special needs children are dealing with a new reality that is creating incredible amounts of stress in the home.”
“Our focus as LEA Client Services Ltd is to raise funds that will aid in these children’s health, nutrition, education and psychosocial support created by long period of self-quarantine. We are truly grateful to the Rotary 9212 District for their generous support. We will ensure the food reaches the deserving children,” said Wambui Karanja, LEA Client Services Ltd Founder and Managing Director.
Kenya currently has over 850 registered children’s homes and approximately 54 registered schools with special needs. The country also has more than 50,000 special needs children adversely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
The Rotary District 9212 National Emergency Response Team has conducted food distribution program across the country, impacting over 4000 families in hotspot areas that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Rotary District 9212, works with Rotary clubs across the country and local distribution agents to reach the most vulnerable members of society.
Rtn. Teri Tahiya Mooroga President of Rotary Nairobi Utumishi Club emphasized that “without service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It is therefore important to the people who serve as well as to the recipient. This is the way in which we ourselves grow and develop one another.”
LEA Client Services Ltd, continues to seek support from partners to come together in support of Children with special needs during this period of crisis as they adjust to the new routine.
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· The 2018-2020 First Lady Beyond Zero Half Marathon – Proceeds support access to maternal health across Kenya
· The Prize 2017-2018 Women 4 Cancer Charity Golf Tournament – proceeds support cancer screening and testing across Kenya
· The 2016 – 2017 Karen Heart Run – Proceeds support open-heart surgeries for needy children and young adults.