Ladies in Action have two main funders in addition to various individual supporters: the Klara Foundation which is based in the Netherlands and Jersey Overseas Aid . Susan Deans was a volunteer who came out from Jersey and was so touched by the work that Ladies in Action are doing that she set up the Kisumu Orphans Education Fund [Member of Jersey Association of Charities no 306] as a way to keep raising funds for the overwhelming number of orphans around Kisumu.
Due to the clashes caused by the elections, thousands of people have been displaced having lost their homes and their livelihoods. Hundreds of children have been left at various police stations, schools and hospitals for their security; and families all over have little if nothing to feed themselves on. There has been a tremendous amount of support from Kenyans within the Nairobi environs. Mine, my sister and Lorna have been out the whole day in the Nairobi city helping distibute food and other supplies. Unfortunately, there has been as much civil support within Kisumu.
Therefore, Ladies in Action are reaching out to assist clash victims, orphans and affected familes with food supplies. Children will be given one proper meal daily which includes a plate of beans and porridge which costs Ksh. 20/- per child (about USD $ 0.32). Children will be encouraged to come to various outreach centres to eat and the Ladies in Action will organise large deliveries of porridge to be taken to orphanages.
In addition, weekly shopping bags will be given to displaced families. This will include: cooking oil, maize flour, 3 boxes of matches , and a small packet of salt. Each grocery bag will cost
Ksh. 150/- per family (USD $ 2.4) .
The other major concern is health. For several years, Ladies in Action have organised free medical camps to treat basic ailments such as malaria, open infections and wounds and worms. This will have to be stepped up.
Ladies in Action would like to do this for the next three months. We do not know how many people are out there that need support. It is impossible to know at this point since the country is still so unsettled. They will basically provide for as many people as there is funding. All funds donated online will then be transfered to the Ladies in Action bank account in Kisumu. Please note that 100% of funds donated (minus bank transfer costs which have no say over) will be used to buy and distribute supplies and we will post regular reports on the activities.
Let's do our bit for Kenya...
Dipesh, Elodie and Maya (Nairobi)
Mr. and Mrs. Pabari (Kisumu)
Susan Deans (Jersey Island)
Mine Pabari (Nairobi)