With the global pandemic, COVID-19, governments everywhere have put strict restrictions on movement and social engagements in place. In Africa, Kenya especially, these stringent measures come with a pinch of privilege. With social distancing, for instance, you need to have at least adequate space and a population whose movement you can regulate. For the stay at home orders, one needs to have sufficient income or savings to ensure they have a roof over their head and food on their table.
In Kibra, Kenya’s largest slum, every new day provides a glimpse into their daily struggle to maintain this safe distance despite the congestion. On the other hand, staying at home and doing nothing is the greatest privilege most residents of Kibera can think of, for most here depend on casual work. In a bid to help ease some of these residents’ burdens, several groups have come together to help raise funds on M-Changa.
Today, we will look into a superb group of youth organizations who’ve come together to provide food donations to 1,700 families over the last three months. The Kibra Food Drive, initiated by Asha Jaffar, works to ensure that every family in Kibra has enough food at the end of the day. The initiative came from the understanding that social distancing and staying at home is a privilege many of these residents cannot afford.
And while soliciting for funds to keep the food drive going has not been an easy task, each time the volunteers knock on someone’s door and say hello, the smiles and gratitude they are met with give them great hope and determination to keep doing more. So, why don’t you join in ensuring more families have food on their tables and smiles on their faces? Donate to the Kibera Food Drive campaign through PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT: KIBRA. You can also donate through Visa, MasterCard and PayPal by clicking here.
To start your own fundraiser, click on this link or dial *483*57# .
M-Changa is a Kenyan online and mobile fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional harambee. To date, over 50,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 650,000 contributors.
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