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Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19

During the Covid-19 pandemic Hopeland supported mothers in Kenya by sending direct cash support to those who had lost work or were otherwise struggling.


Families supported


Total cash transfers


Provided to families

The Issue

2020 was a tumultuous year for all but it hit vulnerable households living in extreme poverty especially hard. These families are those who are most at risk of separating from their children. People living in poverty were already suffering before the COVID-19 pandemic. Their situation has only worsened since.

As part of our efforts to tackle this crisis and ensure every child has a safe, loving home Hopeland was pleased to support a joint fundraising effort with GiveDirectly to fund a program which provides single female-led households in Kenya at risk of separation with direct cash payments.

This fundraising effort has had a positive impact on 606 Kenyan single female-led households. Every one of these families have 2 or more children at home.

Our Impact

COVID-19 lockdowns in Kenya were severe, leaving many with no source of income so this funding was desperately needed by households that were already financially vulnerable. The cash was transferred quickly and in recognition of COVID protocols.

The households that were reached by these programs all had a single-female head of household, including 43% who were widowed, and 26% who were separated or divorced. 40.3% of the families had two children at home, 29.1% had three children, 15.2% had four children and 15.4% had five or more children at home to care for.

We are proud that we have been able to help these vulnerable families in this way and give them hope for the future.

Receiving this money means a lot to me as I was able to feed my family. I lost my job after the company where I worked laid off their staff, after coronavirus first hit Kenya. I was employed as a security guard before coronavirus was first recorded in the country. After the first case was recorded, my former company recorded losses in the beginning and they had to lay off some members of their staff. I was among the staff who were laid off, and I ended up staying at home with no income. This has greatly reduced my dignity as I have had no means of feeding my family. I was able to pay my rent and feed my family when I received the transfers

Francis Kamande

The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am the happiest parent living with no stress at the moment. This is because I was able to pay school fees for my children without selling a piece of land. Because of this, the size of land I am cultivating is still the same as last year hence I am not foreseeing any reduction in this year's produce


I used to sleep on a small traditional bed with some rags and sacks that acted as my bedding. Accessing a mattress or even a comfortable wooden bed was like a dream to me. I could never afford to purchase one considering my meager source of income. My life is currently different because through this transfer, I managed to buy a new bed and a mattress. At least I now enjoy a good sleep unlike before. Apart from the nice bedding, I also own livestock that include a cow and three goats, to me these are assets that I can readily depend on in case of a financial challenge.