Margret and Charlyne outside their home in Kibera slum in Nairobi.Margret and Charlyne outside their home in Kibera slum in Nairobi.

Help families who are facing a hunger pandemic

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can pay for 2 weeks’ worth of life-saving therapeutic food for a child and vital cash transfers for their family

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can pay for 3 weeks’ worth of life-saving therapeutic food for a child and vital cash transfers for their family

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can pay for 4 weeks’ worth of life-saving therapeutic food for a child and vital cash transfers for their family

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As parents in slum communities are losing their jobs to COVID-19, their children are at risk of losing their lives to hunger. The global crisis is pushing families deeper into extreme poverty. The situation is desperate. This year, up to 10 million more children could face devastating hunger.

An estimated one billion people around the world live in slum communities. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, those communities were already facing extraordinary hardship. But as coronavirus began to take hold, restrictions on movement and work meant that millions of families have been unable to buy food. Globally, the number of people who are food insecure is projected to almost double, from 135 million people at the start of 2020, to a staggering 265 million by the end of the year.

Kibera in Nairobi is Africa's largest urban slum.
Kibera in Nairobi is Africa's largest urban slum. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide
Coronavirus themed street art in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya.
Coronavirus themed street art in Kibera, Nairobi. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide
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Africa's biggest urban slum

Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya is home to 250,000 people. It is overcrowded and underserviced. Most families living here are packed into windowless one room shacks, and share the same toilet with as many as 150 other people. The majority of households rely on casual labour to pay for rent, food and other essentials. But when the coronavirus pandemic reached Kibera, social distancing restrictions meant that much of this work dried up overnight.

More families need your help

Sadly, Margret and Charlyne’s story is not unique. Casual labour is the only source of income for most families here in Kibera, and in slums around the world. Without a daily wage, most families can’t buy food. For many in slum communities, the threat of hunger has become greater than the threat of coronavirus. The pandemic has plunged families like Margret and Charlyne’s into a situation they can’t escape from. But with your help, there is a way out – and there is hope.

Jane Wanjiru has brought her baby son Mark Moses to Mukuru Health Centre. Facility staff Damaris Too and Nutritionist Angela Mtiini assess Mark Moses nutritional level, they take his weight, MUAC and other measurements. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide
Jane's story is heartbreakingly similar to Margret's and she was forced to watch her little boy, Mark Moses go hungry. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide
Jane and Mark Moses are receiving the support they need to survive the hunger pandemic.
Jane and Mark Moses are receiving the support they need to survive the hunger pandemic. Photo: Ed Ram / Concern Worldwide

You can help families around the world to survive the unfolding hunger pandemic. A donation from you today could supply the therapeutic food needed to help save the life of a child like Charlyne, and provide parents like Margret with vital cash transfers, so they can buy the food that their families need to survive. 

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Margret and Charlyne outside their home in Kibera slum in Nairobi.

Help families to survive a COVID-19 hunger pandemic

  • An estimated one billion people around the world live in urban slums

  • Many are going hungry due to coronavirus restrictions

  • We need your help to support families through the unfolding hunger pandemic

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