Please help a child facing malnutrition in northern Kenya

Kenya is facing its worst drought in three decades and around 2.6 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance.

In rural Kenya, many villages are several days' walk or even a boat ride away from a health clinic or hospital. If malnourished children are not treated before they reach the age of five, this can have lifelong effects on their physical and cognitive development. This is why we must reach families in need now.

In Isiolo and Marsabit, the two northern counties where we're working, the global acute malnutrition* (GAM) rates are far above emergency levels – in Marsabit, the rate is double the emergency threshold. In mid-July, over 60% of the women and children screened by our team per week were suffering from malnutrition.

The sad truth is that children, mothers-to-be and new mothers will die if we don’t fund this project.

Our volunteer doctor, Lucy Obolensky, has recently returned from Isiolo. She explains why our project is so urgently needed:

The budget and what your gift will pay for

We initially want to set up the feeding programme for six months until the next rains are due in October. The budget is as follows:

Our outreaches are currently treating approximately 1,200 people per month.

It costs around £8.41 to help each child, mum-to-be or new mum.

Please donate today.

*  A GAM rate of 15% is considered an emergency. The rate in Isiolo is currently 19% and rising, and the rate in Marsabit is over 30%.