Laikipia is among the ten counties in Kenya that are facing serious issues from a prolonged drought.
Approximately 183,000 people in Laikipia are facing famine; lack of pasture and food in homes prompts parents to send their children to herd in far away lands to ensure the survival of their livestock. It is during these times, when school attendance decreases, that there is a significant increase of early girl marriages, early pregnancies, stock thefts and insecurities.
In the Pokot, Samburu and Turkana communities, livestock plays a key role in driving the markets and providing a source of food and revenue. The current drought has significantly affected the livestock numbers with many perishing, leaving community members with no source of income.
With the logistical support of Mugie Conservancy, we will be rolling out a large-scale feeding program to eleven schools in the pastoralist communities that surround Mugie Conservancy. During Covid-19, we sponsored over 33,000 kgs of food for these same schools and this was recognised as one of the most positive impacts that the conservancy had in a recent Social Impact Survey. The exercise saw a 30% rise in the attendance, new enrolments of children, more girls going to school and lower malnutrition levels.
In total we estimate that it will cost KES 2,477,926 (USD 20,000) to provide one meal per day to all of the 2470 students for one academic year. Providing schools with food significantly improves attendance and therefore reduces the negative ripple effects that arise from poor attendance.
In order to raise the funds required, we are running an online raffle this February to raise USD 7000 for the first term of food. The lucky winner will enjoy a Kenya Safari worth USD 8,500 which includes two nights at Governors’ Mugie, three nights at Governors’ Camp plus return flights from Nairobi on Governors’ Aviation, for two people!
Each payment entry must be made through our secure online payment platform using the reference “Laikipia food drive”. Entries are limited to just 140 places for the first round and any extra entries will automatically be added to the next term’s raffle. Each entry costs USD 50 and multiple entries are welcome. Once we have raised the targeted USD7000 for the first term we shall draw a winner. The winner shall be contacted via their email address provided to notify them of their win.
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*** Regular donations of less that USD 50 are also welcome via this link, however these will not be considered as actual entries into the raffle, but will be very much appreciated nonetheless ***