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COVID-19 RELIEF RESPONSE

Charity basket

As part of our Covid -19 relief response, Dorcas Creation in partnership with Bright Futures, churches and well-wishers, took part in several food distribution exercises.  Some of the beneficiaries of the food distribution were needy families  in Marurui, Njathaini, Maroni and  many other poverty-stricken neighborhoods.  Other beneficiaries included  Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), Local Area Advisory Committee (LAAC) members, private school teachers, and Barmaids. The aim of the food distribution exercise was to offer relief to members of the community whose source of livelihood was adversely affected, as a result of the Covid-19 directives issued by the government in Kenya.  Over 2700 persons benefited from the charity basket.

 

Mask Production Project

Our tailoring unit at Dorcas Creation embarked on a mask production project, as a means of generating income for women from needy families during the Covid-19 crisis in Kenya. The proceeds from the masks helped the women in the tailoring department earn a living. Moreover, during the charity basket exercise, we also gave out a mask in each food package to help in the nation’s efforts to curb the spread of the disease especially among the most needy who cannot afford masks.

 

Organic Kitchen Garden

On 15 July 2020, Dorcas Creation held two demonstrations on how to set up an organic kitchen garden, at Exodus Faith Church Marurui and at Christ Liberation Center Marurui. The aim of this exercise was to bring about food security to the vulnerable as relying on donations like the charity basket was not a sustainable solution. Giving a health talk on nutrition, Mrs. Irene Mathenge, the trainer, outlined the importance of the demonstrations in empowering the community to ensure that there is Food Always In the Home (F.A.I.T.H), savings on available finances and accessibility of healthy food for the families.  Mr. Paul Muniu a landscaper, displayed and engaged  the people of Marurui in  practical ways in which they could use organic farming to set up a kitchen garden in their homes. A total of 29 people were empowered.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT HADHI PASTRY COURSE

The advent of Covid19 saw the closing of schools in Kenya, plunging young people especially those from low income areas into an unexpected unstructured season of staying at home. This resulted in a growing number in teen pregnancies and youth engaging in drug abuse which necessitated urgent interventions to engage the youth meaningfully and productively to earn income, make savings or get jobs from the skills acquired.

Hadhi means dignity. The Hadhi Pastry Course is a three-week six day practical course taught by a passionate dedicated team of qualified facilitators. Apart from baking various disciplines are taught; entrepreneurship, saving, pricing of products, timekeeping, teamwork, discipline, self-expression, respect, creativity and using available resources. The team uses equipment that is readily available to the youth in their homes so they can start with what they have such as jikos instead of ovens which many cannot afford. Students are taught to make bread, fruit jam, mandazis, donuts, cake, pancakes and so on, and add value to them to make them stand out in the market.