Network of European Foundations: East Africa Children’s Fund launched 

The East Africa Children’s Fund (EACF) became operational in June 2015 and will serve as a regional intermediary philanthropic institution supporting community-based initiatives addressing children’s rights, violence prevention and prevention of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, with the ultimate aim of building local ‘protective environments for children’. The Fund will provide grants and technical support to community organizations and local NGOs working in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and local NGOs working with vulnerable children are best placed to protect children in homes, communities and schools. These organizations act as a bridge between government structures, community support mechanisms and households. However, the capacities of many CBOs and NGOs are limited. Their staff are often volunteers or paid part-time, and they have limited funding.

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Oak Foundation and an anonymous donor, founding members of the Elevate Children Funders Group, supported the establishment of the EACF. The two donors have been providing grants to CBOs and NGOs addressing violence against children in East Africa for the past 12 years.

The initial fund of US$4 million is managed by the Network of European Foundations in Brussels, the host organization of Elevate Children programmes. Other interested donors are welcome to join the partnership.

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Dear Sir/Madam. We are a registered CBO in Migori County, Kenya and our aim is to eradicate poverty and support the education of girls in the rural parts of Uriri. Currently we are working with the Green Centre, our longstanding partner in the UK, to support the less fortunate families in Migori during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we have provided soap, clean water, food and face masks for many families. Our key mission is driving community ownership with government leadership in averting the Covid-19 pandemic. We are doing our best to minimize infection and mortality by protecting the vulnerable in our rural communities by reinforcing the key messages outlined by WHO and making provision for hand washing and distributing face masks. At this time, we are facing a crisis and require more support than the Green Centre, can provide. We are in urgent need of further support; 1. The Green Centre have purchased an industrial electric sewing machine to enable us to make masks. With preparations underway for our pupils to return to school in September we need many, many more masks. We need an additional 3 machines at a cost of £1,200 to increase our mask production as this is currently our 1st line of defence against COVID-19. 2. In order to increase the production of face masks we require a supply of material, cotton and elastic at a cost of £3,600. This will make 3,000 masks. 3. As people continue to stay at home and many have lost their jobs the community has little to no income. They face difficulties getting clean water and food. We are therefore requesting £2,250 for clean water and £12,270 for food to support 300 families over the next 2 months. A contribution towards any or all of these three emergency programs would be gratefully accepted. Please see the attached photos to see some of our work as we look forward to receiving a positive feedback of home to our communities. Best Regards Kevin Oketch Founder Right Hearts Against Poverty CBO in Kenya YALI RLC E.A Alumni KAYRSRH Member.

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