Helping Kenyans Through Covid-19

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Posted: March 26, 2020

As the Covid-19 lockdowns across the world come into effect, many businesses and their employees are going to face huge challenges ahead. Perhaps you want to help, but don’t know how. Here we profile some of the charities and organisations stepping in to help, and which would gratefully receive donations. 

Shining Hope for Communities

Shining Hope for Communities, founded by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner, provides essential services to the slums. They are gathering donations to supply hand washing stations, soap, sanitisers, gloves, masks and funding for health professionals. Donate via paybill number 821815,  account number Covid-19.

Penda Health

Penda Health is a chain of medical clinics across Nairobi and are asking for help to stock up on protective medical equipment, and education initiatives on social distancing and quarantining. Penda Health has a Gofundme page organised by Monica Dey on behalf of the organisation where she’s attempting to raise $400,000 to support their work.

Share a Care Pack

Share a care pack is run by several churches and organisations providing some basic food and sanitary items to needy families. Send a donation to M-Pesa Till number 998999 which directly goes to Tucha Wholesalers to pay for a Ksh 1,000 pack containing 2kg rice, 1kg sugar, 1kg beans, 1kg green grams, 1 litre oil, 2 kg maize, tea leaves, soap and detergent. To register a needy family or to join the community text 0719 139 136.

Tazama Nia

This is a community centre located in Ngando dedicated to helping out women and children in Kenya. The center was founded by Brad and Camie Matlack.  They put out 33 hand washing stations in the area and are filling them daily. They are also training community health volunteers to go door to door, telling people how to protect themselves. To donate to Tazama Nia, send money to Brad Matlack’s Paypal, via M-pesa.

Uweza Foundation

This is a community based organisation that offers various programs and solutions to the residents of Kibera. Uweza foundation is using artists from Uweza art gallery to paint health messages through Kibera. Additionally their young mothers empowerment group has been making liquid hand soap to distribute for free in the community. Donations to the foundation can only be made online through their website.

Ramgarhia Youth association

This youth association is doing food truck deliveries to needy families. They are appealing for both financial assistance as well as specific items, including flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, long-life milk and bar soap. Cash donations can be made via M-pesa to paybill 516600 account no: 0550243888001 or donations can be dropped off at Ramgarhia Gurdwara Sahib Pangani.

Rotary Club 9212

The Rotary club was established to provide humanitarian service and promoting goodwill and peace around the club. The Rotary’s District 9212, brings together four countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and South Sudan, all working to bring positive change in their communities. They provide food hampers worth ksh 1500, personal protective equipment worth 3000 and water tanks and sanitation materials worth 4000 to vulnerable groups. To donate to the club, you could send funds to Mpesa paybill number 891300 for the account HEALTH. Alternatively, you could send money via bank transfers to Prime Bank, account name Rotary international district 9212, Kenindia House Branch, KES Account No: 2000002212 or US$ Account No: 3001002107 and Swift Code: PRIEKENX.

Individual/Group initiatives

Various people on Facebook and other social media sites are teaming up to donate the little they can afford and support families in need near them. You could create such an initiative by yourself and family members or join one of the other groups already doing them online on Facebook. Charity Connect is an example of a group initiative whose members donate food and various household supplies to cater for the needs of people living in urban slums. Donations are made via M-pesa paybill number 891300 and account number Health. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA)

This is a charity organization in Kenya that protects stray animals from neglect and abuse. The organization fully depends on volunteers and voluntary fundraising and in light of the Corona Virus pandemic, the Nairobi branch had to be closed to the public. The Mombasa branch is however still operational but the organization is having difficulties providing food for the animals since their previous source of food, leftovers from hotels, is no longer reliable as most of the hotels in Mombasa are closed. You could help provide food for these animals by sending funds via M-pesa number 0722719499 which is the manager’s number (they are in the process of applying for a paybill number) or via bank transfer to NCBA Nyali Branch, account name KSPCA and account number 6428570011.

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Please note that while we have done our best to verify the legitimacy of these initiatives, kindly do your own research if you wish to make a donation.

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