Whether you take part in Concern FAST as an individual or as a group, you will be supporting people like Jane Wanjaru (24) and her young child Mark-Moses.
Jane’s husband was a taxi driver before the owner of the car he was renting took the car back early into the COVID-19 outbreak. Jane worked for three years selling dresses she made on the streets of Nairobi. Now, she is unable to make or sell her dresses. Since her husband lost his job and COVID-19 restrictions meaning she can no longer sell her dresses – the family has zero income.
Now Jane, her husband and Mark-Moses live in a single room apartment. They share a bathroom with 22 other families – with some families consisting of up to 10 people. That’s around 150 people sharing living and bathing facilities in extremely cramped conditions, with many in the apartment refusing to participate in pandemic hygiene standards.
Before the pandemic, Mark-Moses has a very healthy diet. They had access to eggs, meat, milk, maize and vegetables. The family would eat four times a day, but now they eat twice if they are lucky. Their diet mainly consists of ugali (maize flour) and some green vegetables.
“It is just every man for himself, no-one helps. Everyone is in the same situation,” Jane says.
In March, Jane attended the Concern Health Clinic with Mark-Moses for a vaccination. It was there that the Concern team discovered he was acutely malnourished. Mark-Moses was put on a course of therapeutic food and is monitored monthly in the nutrition centre. Jane also received protein enriched flour for making porridge.
After one month of treatments, Mark-Moses is still malnourished and will continue treatment, but as Jane mentions he is a much different baby now to how he was before.
She states that his immunity has improved, he is now walking, standing up, has much more energy and is jumping around and smiling.
Jane makes the point of saying how helpful the Concern staff are. She says the have been receptive, attentive and always make her feel welcome.