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March 13 is Noah David's birthday David is the CEO, and Founder of FirmRock Children's Helper Kenya, a mission to relieve the human suffering created by agricultural disruptions of drought, flood, and locust swarms in Kitui county, Kenya. Happy Birthday, Noah!
Noah is pictured in the middle. 

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SLOW PROGRESS ON THE COMMUNITY IMPACT CAMPAIGN, NEW IDEAS SPARK 
The FirmRock Community Impact campaign to raise enough funds to begin construction of an office and library building in the greater Itoloni region, on land donated by Mr. Philip of FirmRock is slow goings as of March 12. You may visit the campaign at GoFundMe.

FirmRock's U.S. based arts and press team are actively working to find ways around this slow change in funding goal development.

To show support, the art department of FirmRock, created by Star City Arts Virginia, U.S.A. artist and philanthropist Suzy Nees, has created artwork and seasonal gifts for the community support of FirmRock CBO. See some of this artwork below.


Voice of America__This week, Voice of America followed Maasai rangers into the field to track an elephant. The well-being of Kenya's wildlife is incredibly important to the Kenyan ecosystem and thus the food of animals and people. 

These women have earned the respect of their male colleagues in the park services. FirmRock Farm Review is drawing attention to the story to give hope to their own student girls, who believe that they can do anything.

Coronavirus impact on Kenya's economy_
Kenyan economist Tony Watima warns a Global recession is definitely coming because of the market response to the coronavirus. Watima warns that too many countries, including Kenya, are heavily dependent on the Chinese economy.

Kenya is considering digital and decentralized programs. Kenya states that the country should not just be grateful that they have not yet had a reported case of COVID-19 as of March 12. It is best to "cushion" human resources.

Kenya has banned lights from Northern Italy. The Kenyan government has not restricted connecting hubs. Kenyan television stated that the connecting hubs in also affected areas need to monitor travelers carefully. Travelers to connecting hubs in safe areas should be fine, but some connecting hubs to COVID-19 impacted areas should be watched. This was citing the commentary appealing for direct and accurate information made by Kenyan economist Roselyn Wanjiru.

Note: It is advisable to assume a risk of COVID-19 even in unaffected areas. Follow The New African Living Standard to receive continued updates regarding prevention measures you can take to limit the spread of the disease. Follow #thenewafricanlivingstandard for more. 

A street boy covers an Ed Sheeran song perfectly
Tuko/Tuco TV Kenya shared this cover of Perfect by Ed Sheeran performed by George. George is a 22-year-old who has been homeless in Kenya for the past 14 years. His talent, however, has opened great doors for him.
Comments stated that George frequents local cybers studying and listening to music online. His life revolves around music.
FirmRock Farm Review has hopes for men such as George. Young youths who are sponsored by programs such as FirmRock Children's Helper will grow up to take strong initiatives in their communities to end poverty such as that George lives in. So that young men such as George can gain a greater footing in their economics and go on to record music that the whole world can enjoy.

SECOND INVASION OF LOCUSTS COMES TO MARSABIT
An area ravaged by floods in late 2019 is now the birthplace of the second invasion of locusts. These locusts have invaded Marsabit. Even while the government actively works to control the outbreak, the funding is "inadequate" and the resources are spread too thin.

Cabinet Secretary Munya stated that the declaration of a national emergency brings negative "vibes" to the situation and he does not understand why it needed to go there. Munya states that the agricultural ministry is handling the problem.

This was reported by NTV within the last 24 hours.

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This is the new official web handle for the New African Living Standard. The New African Living Standard is a passion news project created out of the efforts of the FirmRock Children's Helper media department to bring Africa news by Africans and for Africans.

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FirmRock Farm Review presents: Kenya in Peril

Police kill 12 citizens in an attempt to enforce COVID-19 curfews_ 
Andalou Agency reports that Kenya police have killed at least 12 people in an attempt to enforce a dawn to dusk curfew. Now, citizens wear any makeshift mask that they can muster to stave off the violence of the police.

Within the last two weeks, police became violent enforcers of COVID-19 lockdown. In this footage, by Telegraph UK, Kenyan authorities deployed tear gas. 


In Kiamaiko, a 13-year-old boy was likewise shot by the police. The officer was enforcing COVID-19 curfew: 

Al Jazeera reported later that the police were to investigate the killing of the child: 


France 24 also shared an interview with Kenya's president, who apologized for the "excessive" behavior of riot police: 
Kenya is a country under excessive duress due to COVID-19. Africa News shared this video showing Kenyans dashing madly for food relief, in a stampede, as the country lockdowns add further strain to a food supply already severely d…