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FOOD from FRIENDS was created in mid-March, 2020 in direct response to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya. After the Kenyan government swiftly closed schools (including children being sent home from boarding schools) we immediately recognized that our students and their families would urgently need food to maintain their health to be prepared to fight off this deadly virus.
Many of the bread-winners in our families are occasional laborers whose livelihoods evaporated in a single day. With most of our families already living with compromised immune systems, we knew a critical line of defense would be a sufficiently nourished body.
We began the Food from Friends program by looking at our existing system of providing food packets. We made adjustments to include the most important food staples that could be reasonably packaged, apportioned the goods for each family, and made sure we were covering the families with the greatest need. Today, we are implementing weekly availability of food packages to our students’ families.
Each week Food from Friends packages are packed containing basic foods to prepare meals for a family of four over a one-week period. Packages include:
- 1 kg of Beans
- 2 kg of Rice
- 500g of Cooking Fat
- 4 kg of Maize Flour
A family of four can be fed for as little as $40 per month. We hope you will donate to help cover the food needs of these families.
Friends of Ngong Road serves children in 265 families. It will cost about $10,000 per month to provide Food from Friends to all of our families. Any help that you — and your friends and family — provide will make a big difference.
Friends of Ngong Road and Ngong Road Children’s Foundation are making dramatic changes to redirect resources and implement cost-saving measures to help address this urgent need. For more information and updates, please check back regularly.
Each and every one of us is experiencing this global pandemic in our own personal way. Your help is sincerely appreciated.