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Before COVID-19, Jacob wasn’t always hungry

Jacob, age 12 (pictured, left), is the second oldest of four siblings living with his family in one of Kenya’s largest urban slums. Jacob’s family is vulnerable, but before COVID-19 he and his brothers and sister had food to eat and hope for the future.

When COVID-19 arrived, the market where Jacob’s father worked shut down and the family suddenly lost their only income. In a country where one in three people live on less than $3 a day, Jacob and families like his need your support today to battle the impacts of COVID-19.

Hunger isn’t a symptom of COVID-19, and with your help it doesn’t have to be a consequence
of this pandemic.

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Jacob, his siblings, and the millions of children like them across Kenya, face severe risks. If children, particularly those who are under five years old, do not get adequate nutrition, it can lead to lifelong complications. Children who are malnourished are more vulnerable to disease. Malnutrition can cause long-term physical damage such as bone disorders, lack of growth, stunting and cognitive development impairment.

The word “unprecedented” is overused to describe COVID-19. Some aspects of this pandemic are unlike anything we have seen, but the challenges facing vulnerable children are not new. In Jacob’s case, the problem is clear: he needs food. It’s as simple as that. And the food is available. He just needs your support to get it.

COVID-19 has left millions of children hungry

The pandemic has left millions of children like Jacob in Kenya without enough to eat. These children are facing a daily reality that is devastating and heartbreaking: find food, or go hungry.

“We can eat today, but then tomorrow and the day after we sleep hungry.” – Jacob, age 12

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Donate today and help provide children like Jacob and their families with cash for food & urgent care packages.

Your donation can help families who have lost jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis and keep food on the table.

A transfer of cash provides families with the flexibility to purchase basic necessities without having to sell livestock and household items to survive.

Your donation will go to the families who have been most affected by COVID-19, specifically families with children under the age of five, people with medical conditions, and families who have lost income.

COVID-19 means families are facing significant crisis

In 2017, as an Ambassador for ChildFund, Danielle Cormack visited Kenya at a time when the country was ravaged by drought.

Urgent care packages

When food is not available or markets are closed, urgent care packages are provided to ensure children and their families have food. These packages contain enough food to feed a family-of-six for one month.

Urgent care packs typically contain 24kg of maize, which is a staple food used in many Kenyan dishes. It also includes 10kg of nutritious beans, peas or lentils and 2L of oil for cooking. In addition to food, vulnerable families also receive clean water, soap and other basic necessities.

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If you’re filing your tax return for the first time, have never claimed donations or donated at all, you’re probably wanting to know more about how you can claim donations to charity on your taxes. We’ve answered some of the most important questions about tax deductible donations below.

Tax deductible donations are about giving back, to get back. Donating to ChildFund Australia will help children in urgent need of support. You’ll be helping the most vulnerable children across South East Asia and Africa, and you yourself will be able to receive a greater refund on your tax return.

You can submit any tax deductible donation over $2 as part of your tax return.

You can only claim for donations which are monetary gifts, given without the promise of something in return. Raffle tickets, charity chocolates, events and other donations of this kind, are not tax deductible.

At ChildFund, all regular giving donations over $2 are tax deductible including child sponsorship, community sponsorship and donations to appeals. A few donation categories are not tax deductible, for example, birthday gifts to your sponsored child and are not included on your annual tax receipt.

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