Kenya experienced a sharp increase in sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies, alcoholism, drug abuse, and crime during the pandemic. To support the children through the pandemic, International Needs Kenya provided proactive nutritional, educational, moral, medical, and psychosocial support.
– They launched a Virtual Learning Program (VLP), Mental Health Program, and Teen Sessions.
– They hosted a meeting to encourage parents and caregivers to stay vigilant and provide moral support to their children.
– In Kibera slum, the Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Project continued, along with Bible Clubs for younger children and the Vertical Gardening initiative to enhance food security.
– The Home Visit Program resumed with strict observance of health protocols. It became apparent that many first-born children are playing the role of parent, despite their tender ages.
– In Kawangware slum, The Real Hope Youth Community Organization was busy with food distribution, water supply, and reaching out to the elderly.
– RHYCO also relocated their drop-in centre and opened a safe house to rescue children who had been abused, often by relatives and people close to them.
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