Devastating droughts in rural Kenya have driven thousands of families towards Nairobi in search of a better chance of survival. But the huge influx to the city means that poverty and unemployment are rife, forcing over half the city's population to live in over-crowded, squalid slums. With most surviving on just one meal a day, families simply don’t have enough to eat.
A donation today will help provide sachets of lifesaving vitamin-rich therapeutic food to children suffering from severe malnutrition.
Like so many other rural areas, Jacqueline's hometown of Kitui has been ravaged by drought. She too escaped to Nairobi hoping for a better life. Now she lives in one of the many over-crowded city slums. Since her two daughters were born, Jacqueline has only been able to find casual work, like washing clothes, with no reliable income. She earns nowhere near enough to feed herself and two growing girls. At 18-months-old, her youngest daughter Faith, was too weak to crawl or walk. She cried constantly. Life was fading from her fast.
Lucky to be alive
The turning point for Jacqueline’s young family came when Isabelle, a Concern-supported community health worker, knocked on the door. She quickly diagnosed Faith with severe acute malnutrition and referred her to a nearby health centre for urgent treatment. Faith had been malnourished and very sick for around eight months. She was lucky to be alive.
Thankfully, urgent action and a course of emergency therapeutic food was enough to put Faith on the road to recovery. Jacqueline was also provided with cash transfers – which ensured she was able to buy the food her family needed.
Help us to reach more children in danger
With over 54,000 children under five acutely malnourished in Nairobi, we urgently need to reach more children like Faith. Please donate today and help save a child’s life.
Our sachets of therapeutic food contain a high energy peanut paste which is packed full of vital nutrients and calories. Three of these sachets a day, for six to eight weeks, will help save the life of a severely malnourished child.