This grandmother struggles each day to give her grandchildren enough food to keep them alive. They do suffer from malnutrition, but they are not at extreme risk yet.
There are many grandparents, parents and siblings who have lost loved ones to HIV/AIDS and are left to raise family members withou any assistance.
Much of the focus has been directed by the media on the slums of Kenya and the refugee problem while the villages are falling into the same abyss of lack of food, water, clothing, medical care, education, etc.
At Helping Hands Kenya we are focused on the villages and on orphan children and their families who are able to help them.
As the hunger gets worse the kids eat whatever they can find-they chew on leaves, they eat dirt, they rummage through trash. Their clothes are torn and worn, and the only source of warmth. If they are fortunate they have shelter and a blanket to sleep with. Otherwise they keep warm by huddling together.
Since most of the families are unable to raise the money for school fees, uniforms, etc. these children suffer from limited educational opportunities. These children often have medical conditions that are highly treatable, but remain due to lack of funds to treat them.
There are many children like this six year old who wanders the streets of Kangami all day. He relies on rotten food thrown away at the markets for his food source. He does not attend school as his family is unable to take care of those needs. he does have shelter with his extended family and appears to have adequate clothing to waer.