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FirmRock Children's Helper compiling a digital library 

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, millions of people all around the world have become unemployed. For this reason, charitable giving is also regrettably on pause. So far, FirmRock's fundraising campaigns to raise the money to build the brick and mortar establishment for the official FirmRock library center in Itoloni village has had slow progress. 

The organization has opted to focus this time to bring the people of the FirmRock community together. A library is much bigger than the building that it is in. Knowing this, FirmRock is compiling a comprehensive digital archive to act as its source of library materials even without an official home. 

The organization's mailing address will also receive donations of books, electronics, and school and building materials to supplement the library project. Gently used items would be greatly appreciated via post, for those who would like to give them. However, the organization recognizes that at this difficult time, people may even be reluctant to part with old and used possessions. FirmRock stands in solidarity with the economic loss created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

More news to come tonight via the FirmRock Farm Review, The New African Living Standard's magazine dedicated to FirmRock Children's Helper Kenya. 
Visit www.firmrockhelper.org to learn more. 

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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.

Over the course of the next few months, we intend to build this project to also include United States correspondence. The FirmRock Press Team is based in the United States and so this is a logical development.

For more information on the original New African Living Standard as it appears via LinkedIn go to this page.

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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: 
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