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The Covid 19 epidemic is creating a food and health emergency in Kenya.

Limited availability of clean water, difficulty in finding soaps, disinfectants and masks are the main hygiene problems at the moment. On top of this, many families live on small businesses and day job which the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 epidemic have drastically diminished or stopped.

Saint Martin CSA, L’Arche Kenya and Talitha Kum  are mobilizing to help the communities and in particular 230 needy families.

How  give your contribution:

– with a bank transfer: Banca Popolare Etica IBAN IT18S0501812101000011033263, Account owner: Fondazione Fontana Onlus Destination: TUKO PAMOJA Emergency Covid-19 Kenya
– with Paypal,  just clic on the button “Donate” below


  • 15€ – SANITARY KIT Soap, sanitizer and masks for a household for a month
  • 30€  ESSENTIAL DRUGS for a sick person for a month
  • 50€  FOOD SUPPORT for a household for a month
  • 100€ AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY SUPPORT tools and seeds for one acre of land


The area of intervention of the project has socio-economic characteristics that make it already vulnerable.

According to Laikipia County Health Insurance Subsidy Targeting Report, (2018), 48.7% were unemployed, 36.7% self employed while only 14.6% were employed. Majority of the households at 86% earned between Euro 2.5 and Euro 100 with only 5.9% earning more than Ero150. Farm produce remained the biggest (60.3%) sale among the households with majority at 57.5% being done annually. 43.56% of the households interviewed did not own land, a major factor of production and 47.8% owned less than 2.5 acres of land. The report further stated that 36.6% of the residents had no hand washing facility and 41.1% had no refuse disposal facility.

This situation makes a large part of the population at risk of extreme poverty in the presence of any unexpected event such as drought or irregular rainfall.

The spread of COVID 19 in Kenya, while not officially having the numerical characteristics of western countries, is very quickly undermining the basis of this subsistence economy, in particular for the semi-urbanized areas and the surrounding rural areas.

The measures imposed by the government to try to contain the epidemic have in fact drastically reduced all informal activities, on which a large section of the population based its existence.

This is the so-called hand to mouth population who work for a meal for their family from daily informal work, which could be agricultural, domestic, supporting the activities of urban areas ( transport, porterage, small businesses).

The interruption of this very weak value chain immediately causes a shortage of food.

In addiction there is a health system that is not accessibile to the vast majority of the population due to its costs and is not in itself capable of supporting a possible significant pandemic

The sum of the health and socio-economic impact could be dramatic in this context. For this reason, the three local organizations (Saint Martin CSA, L’Arche Kenya and Talitha Kum Children House) that work with the community approach and have a twenty-year history of mobilizing the community to serve the most vulnerable people, immediately set up a working team together with Fondazione Fontana to define a plan to respond to the imminent threat.

This group has defined the criteria for identifying the most vulnerable situations, starting from the families already involved in the relevant programs, whose situation is perfectly known, thanks to the network of more than 1000 local volunteers who regularly visit them in the context of support programs for vulnerable people. The outcome of this first screening cofirmed that the majority of the people don’t know much about methods of transmission of the pandemic and related symptoms, as well as making the first effects of the blockade of the activities mentioned above evident.



To strengthen the resilience of poor and vulnerable people against COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic impact


  1. Food aid: To caution poor and vulnerable households from COVID-19 related food insecurity
  2. Medical support :To promote access to health care for selected households affected by COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Sanitation: To reduce incidences of COVID-19 community transmissions in the target area
  4. Education and psychosocial support: To support children and adults with intellectual disabilities from targeted households to cope with effects of COVID-19
  5. Social mobilization: To engage communities in prevention and responding to COVID 19 pandemic

Thanks to the activities described in the attached project and the methods described in the logical framework, the project aims to achieve the following expected results: ica

Food aid

  • 230 targeted households are protected from hunger and under nutrition
  • 100 Targeted households are able to produce their own food Support agricultural based livelihoods with farm inputs and services

50 Urban poor livelihoods are restored Support small enterprise based livelihoods with capital to restock their businesses

Medical support

  • 30 Targeted people on lifesaving drugs are sustained on medication
  • 100 Targeted households maintain their health insurance
  • Sanitation
  • Provide(20 sites) hand washing facilities in informal settlement areas and markets 200needy girls Provide with sanitary towels
  • Provide 300 needy girls with sanitary towels
  • Provide masks to 1000 people at high-risk groups and poor households
  • Provide liquid soap making ingredients to 30 institutional facilities (prisons, Children centres, L’Arche houses and Talitha Kum Children Home
  • Support frontline workers with essential protective gears

Education and psychosocial support

Support 50 children with school fees, stationary and uniform

Social mobilization

  • 10.000 people of public have correct information on COVID 19 through radio talks, production and distribution of information, education and communication material for online platform