While the LWCF core team remains healthy and safe at home, with access to resources like food and clean water, we are continuing to monitor and respond the increasingly dire need of the children we support around the world as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. For many of our supported children, the closure of schools and centres where they live and lockdown orders has resulted in additional worries of food insecurity and lack of access to basic resources like clean water and health and safety supplies. Food insecurity is on the rise and in some areas has resulted in chaos and ever increasing instability.
We are continuing to stay in close contact with our team members, partners and collaborators on the ground to keep informed about the welfare of our team and our children, as well as the conditions in countries where Living Water Children live, Kenya, Tanzania, Myanmar, Guatemala, and Haiti. We continue to work with them to procure and distribute some of the needed resources, especially food, in an effective and safe manner.
How You Can Help
Living Water Children’s Fund remains committed to meeting the basic needs of the Living Water Children around the world. We have temporarily turned our efforts to providing emergency food supplies to the orphanages we support, and as funds continue to become available, to the families of children who attend Living Water supported schools and programs. The need is great everywhere, and is growing with each passing day.
Make a difference in the life of a child, click here to donate to our Emergency Food Relief Fundraiser
We thank all who have donated so far, as well as our sponsors, regular supporters and donors for continuing their generous support during this time. We have already raised over $7,000 in funds through this campaign, and have begun to distribute them for the food and supplies so desperately needed by the children in Living Water Children’s Fund supported programs and initiatives.
We know that together, we will get through the difficult times ahead. It truly takes a village.
Our Impact in April 2020
In Phase One of LWCF’s emergency fund, we raised over $5000 in donations which was distributed to 12 different LWCF supported and partner projects in 4 different countries. These donations helped to meet needs for staple foods and supplies identified by on-site team members. We will continue fundraising to meet the needs of more children and families from each of these programs, projects and initiatives.
- Cada Niño – Food, face masks, Tylenol, gloves and soap
- Casa Guatemala – Food
- Fundaniños – Food, hygiene and sanitization supplies
- PAGES – Food, hand sanitizer, liquid soap
- Pazapa – Food, bucket for hand washing, homemade reusable face masks (made at Pazapa), hygiene and sanitization supplies, immmune boosting kit.
- Sakala – Food via weekend evening meals for approximately 300 people per weekend.
- Bishop Kamau Girls’ High School – Food
- Dorothy Schwartz Community Centre – Food, student transportation from secondary boarding school
- Joann McManus School – Food, sanitizer, soap, gloves, face masks
- Living Water Children’s Centre – Food
- Sherry Fine Academy – Food, face masks, educational material
News and updates from partners and supported programs
Living Water Children’s Centre
Living Water Children’s Centre founder David Kimaro continues to care for the children on and off site, providing a comfortable home and continued educational assistance for orphaned children living on site and delivering food, supplies and educational materials too students living with relatives in the rural areas around Arusha, Tanzania.
Sherry Fine Academy
Sherry Fine Academy director Alex Migera made home visits to check in with his students and their families, and distribute supplies like food, fabric masks, and educational packetss.
Dorothy Schwartz Community Centre
Secondary school students continue to live temporarily in rural homes, away from the crowded conditions of Mukuru slum. These students are given online instruction via smartphone. Dorothy Schwartz Community Centre primary school students remain in Mukuru with their families. Like the children in many LWCF supported areas, they face crowded conditions and increased food insecurity. LWCF team members Isaac Okumu and Zablon Sitati will meet with DSCC families on the outskirts of Nairobi to distribute direct aid.
PAGES Sponsorship Program
Students from our Guatemala sponsorship program PAGES have been provided direct aid in the form of food, as well as sanitation, cleaning and safety supplies.