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The fight against Covid 19 is still the main issue in Kipkelion right now – as well as the direct health implications, the pandemic has caused huge social disruption in Kenya.

Schools reopened in January after having been shut continuously since March 2020, but there are signs that many pupils, especially girls, have dropped out of education and may never return.

For those who eventually graduate from high school, jobs will be harder to find than ever as the Kenyan economy has taken a huge hit, with tourism reduced to almost nothing and many other industries badly affected.

Officially, Kenya has suffered fewer than 2,000 Covid deaths so far (out of a population of 55 million), but the accuracy of the reported figures is in doubt. Health and lab workers stopped work for two months to protest the lack of PPE provided in hospitals. With PPE now promised, the medics are back at work - but it is unlikely that many Kenyans have been properly tested for Covid during the pandemic. 

Michael Deriaz
Chairman, Friends of Kipkelion

The Big Give Christmas Campaign

A huge thank you to all who contributed to our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal, which this year was in support of our campaign against FGM in Kipkelion. We smashed our fundraising target, with individual donations ranging from £5 to £500, and the final total reaching £9,051.

This will allow over 200 girls to go on the Alternative Rites of Passage course and be protected from FGM, while also funding volunteers in Kipkelion to travel around the area and speak about the need to abandon FGM completely.  There has been a resurgence of FGM in Kenya during the pandemic, as educational prospects dwindle and people fall back into old ways, so the anti FGM campaign is needed more than ever.

News from our partners

Our partners, Brighter Communities Worldwide, are still present in Kipkelion and are working flat out to meet the needs of the local community. This is especially vital as many other NGOs operating in Kenya have had to curtail their activities or leave the country during the pandemic.

BCW have adjusted and adapted their programmes to allow nearly all the work we do with them to continue. This includes menstrual hygiene education, latrine building, maternal health and the current Community Health programme, which is being adapted to focus on Covid prevention.

BCW founder Maria Kidney celebrated her 50th birthday in December by climbing Mount Kenya with her husband, CEO Martin Ballantyne – a feat which brought in thousands more in sponsorship donations from their friends and supporters.

Virtual London Marathon 2021

Friends of Kipkelion has been allocated three places in the 2021 Virtual London Marathon. Just like the actual London Marathon, this will take place on Sunday 3 October, and allows you to run the 26 miles in a location of your choice. Runners will be monitored throughout the race via an app and those who complete the distance will get an official Marathon medal.

With Friends of Kipkelion runners taking part in Kenya, Ireland and the UK, we are on the look-out for more people to sign up. And don’t worry – fundraising willingness and enthusiasm is much more important than running ability!

Shop and Sunbathe for Friends of Kipkelion

Looking forward to jumping on a plane again? Book a trip through the social enterprise travel agency Charitable Travel and will receive a donation equal to 5% of the amount you spend on your holiday, at no cost to you. 

Or if you're a fan of online retail therapy - don’t forget that when you buy things through Amazon Smile, you can nominate Friends of Kipkelion to receive a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price of whatever you buy, at no cost to yourself. Sign up or change your settings here.
 
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