We continue to thank you all for your generosity.Its been trully humbling as the “Adopt a family” Some of the real experiences among these families that continue to touch and humble us are:
For as little rent of 1000shs, someone is kicked out of their house together with little children because its too much for them to raise.
Rent arrears piling up, living in worry not sure of how long their landlord will cope up with their lack of money, coupled with little hope of getting any casual job during these pandemic time.
Hunger, lack of food surviving on a basic meal shared among a large household.
Heightened Struggles with terminally ill and disabled family members that continue to need extra care and needs.
A total of Shs 539,251Kshs has been raised in the now completed charity funds drive that ran in the month of May and culminated with the Kahara Marathon on 1st June 2020(Madaraka day).
The Adopt a Family support continues in June utilising the funds to support the families. These funds have been used to pay rent for some and bless them with an “Adopt a Family” food pack. The pack contains food stuffs to serve the families with a decent family meal for several days.
The Adopt a Family food pack contains
Unga 5 packets
Rice 5 kgs
Beans 7 packets
Dengu 6 packets
Cooking oil 2 kgs
So far the family has been able to support 38 families in the areas of Kitengela, Limuru, Kiserian, Mukuru, Kibera, Mombasa, Kawangware and Dagoretti.
NAIROBI COUNTY 11/06/2020
Winfred is a Single Mum of 2 children and is disabled due to a spinal illness so she is permanently on wheel chair. One of the children has a mental challenges and requires care. She mainly relies on well-wishers but during this period it has been more difficult because the support is not readily available. The immediate need is food. She also has rent arrears since March; the rent is Shs3000 per month (including water and the toilet). The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
Emily is a single mother of 4 children. She does community work in the slum but has not been working due to the current situation. She is also un-well with severe Ulcers and unable to move around to fend for her children. Her immediate need is food for the children. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
Danson uses oxygen on a full time basis since 2017 when his lungs collapsed. He had purchased an oxygen concentrator but due to the low voltage in the slums it blew up and he now uses an oxygen tank. The tank has to be refilled everyday at a cost of Shs1, 000. He relies on well-wishers and his wife who roast ground-nuts. The wife has not been able to earn any income during this period. They have 3 children in the household. There immediate need is food and they have rent arrears since March of Shs5, 000 since they occupy two rooms at Shs2, 500 each. Mwaniki also requires a larger oxygen tank so that he does not have to purchase the oxygen on a daily basis. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
Esther sells Mitumba in Gikomba to earn a living but has not been able to generate any income since the government put in measures to stop the spread of Covid 19 Pandemic. She has used up all her capital for food and has not been able to restart her small business. She lives with her 3 children, 2 grandchildren and her sister who relies on washing clothes to generate income for the households but has not been able to get regular work. Their immediate need is food and they have rent arrears of Shs3,500 per month since March. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
Susan’s livelihood comes from washing clothes on a day-to-day basis. She has hardly been able to generate any income since the government put in measures to stop the spread of Covid 19 Pandemic. She has 3 kids aged 15, 9 and 5. Her immediate need is food and she has arrears of 3500 per month for the last 4 months. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
Mzee Samson Elijah
Samson lives with his daughter who is in Class 8. He fends for himself by doing menial labor carrying construction stones and any other tasks he can get. He is staying in a room behind a workshop given to him by the owners of the workshop. His health is also failing him due to age. Most constructions stopped when the government put in measures to stop the spread of Covid 19 Pandemic and so he has not been able to generate any income. His immediate need is food and he is in arrears since March for the room. The rent is Shs1,500 per month. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave an Adopt a Family food pack and are in discussions about the rent.
MOMBASA COUNTY 001 12/06/2020
Juma is a 30-year-old divorcee who lives with his 4 children in the informal settlement of Zimlat is a fisherman. Due to the restrictions imposed by the national and county governments to mitigate infections and spread of covid-19 in Mombasa, he is unable to get any income from fishing, the only trade he knows. The closure of all beaches and the subsequent demolition of structures at the Bamburi beach by the county government has even made it difficult to venture into related trades and so the family is unable to put food on the table and to pay his monthly rent of 1500 Kshs. The adopt a family team visited him and gave the family an Adopt a family food pack. The team is also reviewing about the rent.
Jucide is a 50-year-old widow living with her teenage son in Matopeni village in Bombolulu Mombasa. Ordinarily she survives on her liquid soap hawking business and doing laundry for families in the neighboring Nyali. Covid-19 has affected her trade. The government and other well-wishers have been distributing soap thus nobody buys from her and her laundry clients do not admit her into their homes fearing possible infection. She is unable to put food on the table and to pay her monthly rent of 4000 shs. The adopt a family team visited her and gave the family an Adopt a family food pack. The team is also reviewing about the rent.
Margaret Akinyi Kinyanyi
Mama Margaret Akinyi Kinyanyi is a 67 year old widow living in Zimlat, an informal settlement in Shanzu, Kisauni Sub-County. After losing her husband, Margaret, her son and her grandchild have been surviving on her food vending business popularly known locally as “Mama nitilie”. This has since been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that has led to a steep decline and even closure of merchandises and service trade in Mombasa. She has since closed down and fully depends on handouts from well wishers and her son’s occasional manual job opportunities which have not been forthcoming. Her greatest need at the moment is food, although she would also appreciate a temporary relief from her rent burden of Ksh. 2000 per month. The adopt a family team visited her and gave the family an Adopt a family food pack. The team is also reviewing about the rent.
Rose is a 30 year old young widow squatting at a friends’ place with her 4 children in Zimlat village of Shanzu after she was thrown out of her single room for non-payment of rent. Since her husband’s untimely death, Rose has been doing odd jobs like cleaning, laundry, gardening etc. for more privileged families to survive with her children. Since the covid19 outbreak none of her clients allow her into their homes and the odd jobs are hard to come by. She is as such unable to pay her monthly rent nor is she able to feed her households that solely depend on her. The cessation of movements in and out of Mombasa has made it impossible for her to even take her children upcountry to her relatives. Her most pressing needs are food and shelter/rent. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave the family an Adopt a family food pack.
Mama Kavumbi is a 67-year-old widow living with her friend after her in-laws kicked her out of her marital home. She has been doing manual labour for survival but such jobs are no longer available since her clients fear infections and some have also lost income and therefore cut on helpers. She now relies on well wishers for survival. Kavumbi has acute ulcers, which are made worse by lack of food. Whenever she sleeps hungry, her ulcers bleed so badly that she vomits blood. Her need at the moment is food and Medicare, which she is unable to access due to lack of money to pay for the levies like card, laboratory tests and drugs. The Adopt a Family team visited her and gave the family an Adopt a family food pack.
NAIROBI COUNTY 12/06/2020
Cecilia has two children aged 9 and 7 years living with disability (weak legs and bladder problem),respectfully and a sick mother.She depends on casual labour to maintain the family and has been struggling to feed the family and pay rent. The Adopt a Family team visited the family and gave them the Adopt a family food pack and is looking at the possibility of assisting with Rent.
Resi has a daughter who has cerebral palsy (8 years old) and two other children. She and her husband depended on menial jobs and are now jobless due to the Covid-19.They and have not paid rent for four months. The Adopt a Family team visited the family and gave them the Adopt a family food pack.