As ‘custodians of community change,’ we knew we had to respond to the crisis at hand.
When the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world in 2020, Kenya went into its first lockdown in March the same year. Like everyone else, our work in the communities came to a screeching halt. The needs of the communities we serve, however, only grew more dire.
Majority of those in the urban informal settlements work in the Jua Kali sector, living from day to day. Staying at home meant that many families could not work, and therefore could not meet their most basic needs.
To help restore the wellbeing of our communities during the pandemic, the Jonathan Jackson Foundation collaborated with strategic partners to support families within Nairobi and the JENGA JIRANI Initiative was born.
Jenga Jirani is a Kiswahili phrase that translates to help your neighbour. Through a robust mapping system of individuals in greatest need and a large team of young community volunteers, we focussed on distributing food hampers, hygiene stations and sanitary kits directly to them, even to their homes.
Learn more by visiting the official Jenga Jirani Charity website here.
Ksh 2,000 can purchase, package and distribute one food hamper. One hamper will feed a family of 5 for ten days.
In November 2020, the Jenga Jirani Initiative sought out to raise funds towards empowering different vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic across Kenya through a grand online festival dubbed the ‘Jenga Jirani Charity Festival.’
Today, our beneficiaries of four community-based organisations are actively changing lives in their communities.