If you’re looking to support coronavirus relief efforts in Kenya, you already know that I feel cash transfers are the best way to help people. I wanted to highlight three organizations that are doing great work on this front.
GiveDirectly has teamed up with Shining Hope for Communities (Shofco) and Ghetto Foundation to provide cash transfers in Kibera and Mathare, respectively. These are two of the poorest neighborhoods in Nairobi. In each neighborhood, families are receiving monthly transfers of Ksh 2000 – 2500 / US$ 20 – 25 for several months while the crisis is ongoing. It’s not a huge amount, but it helps people meet at least some of their basic needs. Shofco is also providing community sanitation stations in Kibera.
If you’d like to support any of these organizations, here are the links to their donation pages. I’ve already donated to GiveDirectly and Ghetto Foundation (whose staff I know via the Mathare Social Justice Centre), and I’d encourage you to do the same!