The corona virus pandemic has altered lives worldwide. Thousands of people in Kenya are struggling to make ends meet. Many have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Sadly, this rapid loss of jobs shows no signs of stopping. After hearing many stories of families not being able to feed themselves, I felt morally obligated to start a food drive to support their needs. Social distancing measures and lockdowns have disrupted agricultural production and supply routes leaving many families to worry about how they will feed themselves and their loved ones.
The Kwarula Society for Kenyan Education is a cause close to my heart as I grew up in one of the biggest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. A place where basic needs such as food, clean water, shelter, and education are not accessible to all. It was through the help of friends and personal initiative that I, myself, was able to attend school. I immigrated to the United States twenty-two years ago and, since then, I am constantly contemplative of ways in which I can give back to communities that are suffering–especially during such a ravaging pandemic. This year, amid the Coronavirus, the lives of Kenyan students and their families have been greatly deprived, leaving students home and working household members without an income to afford basic necessities and healthy lives. This coupled with the already elevated rates of poverty added more devastation to an already difficult way of life.
A few weeks ago, I went to a local store to buy grocery supplies which cost me a few dollars. This is a normal routine our families do every other day or week. While relaxing after a long day I received a call from a friend in Kenya. In the middle of our conversation, he shared with me some of the problems that these families were facing. I decided to donate part of my soccer camp earnings to buy groceries for fifty families in Kakamega, Kenya. I shared the story with several of my former soccer players and we decided to get together to raise some money to support more families. Together, we were fortunate enough to raise some money to support more families.
On behalf of The Kwarula Society for Kenyan Education, we partnered with Young Peles World Wide Foundation to donate food and freshwater to over 200 families in Kawangware, Nairobi this past weekend. KSKE also donated food to over 100 families in Kakamega, Kenya. I would like to thank all donors and representatives in Kenya who made this process possible and successful. Thank you Moses Kinyanjui for working with KSKE to raise funds. Thank you Rory Fleming, Jack Bernstein, Ralph Bernstein, Alexander Masotti, Max Grell, George Lister, David Lister, Willian Maynard, and Liam Perrine.
The Kwarula Society for Kenyan Education has achieved immeasurable success in the last ten years, providing such provisions with the help of donors. We have continued to make great strides in many communities throughout Kenya with the generosity of our donors and friends. We need your support. Your donation can bring relief to the thousands worried about where their next meal will come from. To help us feed more people in the next few weeks please visit our Donate page.