The village of the priest
Mubia village. is populated by Turukanas, a minority within Laikipia county. The remote village is particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic as economic opportunities are few. Therefore, the Emergency Relief Programme of St. Martin took a special effort to support it.
Struggling with the pandemic
The restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus have disrupted many lives. Especially people who are vulnerable and already facing many problems found themselves in peril very quickly. For example, Janet and her mother, who were evicted from their house, or Daniel, who at the age of 18 had to take charge of his family, or Margaret and her 13 grandchildren. The Stawisha Jamii - Emergency Response Project (ERP) of St. Martin CSA reaches out to help these people.
Stawisha Jamii - Emergency Response Programme
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives - and the vulnerable groups in our communities are hit particularly. When shops have to close and travel activities are reduced many small jobs and casual labour are not available anymore. Without this small source of income, many families don't know how to get food. Therefore, St. Martin CSA in collaboration with the Laikipia County Government, L'Arche Kenya and Talitha Kum has initiated an Emergency Response Project to alleviate the needs of the most vulnerable families.
Working in a pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic affects also the work of St. Martin CSA. With the lockdown and social distancing, many of our usual activities had to be halted or re-organised. And at the same time, new needs appear in the communities that need to be addressed. Simon Maina, coordinator of the Community Programme for Children in Need, explains how his team is dealing with the situation.