Nairobi malnutrition appeal

Jacqueline (28) holds her baby daughter Faith (18 months) outside her apartment in the Pipeline slum in Nairobi city. Photo: Jennifer Nolan, Kenya, 2018

Nairobi malnutrition appeal

Right now, over 54,000 children under five in Nairobi are acutely malnourished. Will you help save a child's life today?

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From rural drought to the horror of the slums

Jacqueline fled to Nairobi to escape devastating droughts in her rural home of Kitui.

Like thousands of others, she was forced to migrate to the city 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 population of Nairobi to live in over-crowded, squalid slums. With most surviving on just one meal a day, families simply don’t have enough to eat.

Cows owned by farmers forced to migrate to the city graze on fly-infested rubbish dumps outside the concrete apartment blocks of Pipeline slum in Nairobi. Photo: Jennifer Nolan, Kenya, 2018

Never enough food

Since her two daughters were born, Jacqueline has only been able to find casual work, like washing clothes, with no reliable income. Nowhere near enough to feed herself and two growing girls. 

At 18 month's 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.

I wish to donate:

€52.00
could provide 4 weeks of therapeutic food sachets for one malnourished child
€78.00
could provide 6 weeks of therapeutic food sachets for one malnourished child
€104.00
could provide 6 weeks of therapeutic food sachets for one malnourished child and a vital cash transfer for their family