Our coaches began to report that some families are genuinely unable to provide even one meal each day for their children. One of our Hub Leaders in COSARAF Foundation-supported Starehe Hub – Margaret Ngoche – started a personal initiative to feed six such desperate families. On learning about this, EACDT has now expanded this idea and is promoting an EACDT Feeding Programme fundraising drive to feed as many of the most needy families as funds will allow. This is only a temporary programme, intended to last for as long as the COVID Lockdown lasts.
A basic food parcel includes 4kg maize meal, 2kg baking flour, 4kg chick peas, cooking fat/oil, salt, fresh veg, soap, and a couple of other bits and pieces costs about £12. In the space of a couple of days we have already found donors who will be provide enough funds to feed 33 families for 10 days. We are aiming to expand this initiative to include many more families and to keep the provision going for a minimum of two months, or as long as the lockdown continues.
Our team has adapted quickly and practically to bring the Character, Community, Cricket message to as wide a population as possible whilst working within the guidelines and restrictions that have been laid down by the Government. Without the funding the COSARAF Foundation is providing our programme, much of this vital work would just not be possible.