6 People that Benefited from Kenyans Generosity

Forme TPF contestant David Major
  • The Covid-19 pandemic affected many households, leaving a section of Kenyans dealing with effects such as loss of jobs, evicted from their houses and starving.

    Some of these cases were highlighted on social media platforms, a tool that was used as a force for good to change people’s lives.

    Below are lives that were changed by Kenyans’ kindness;

    1.) Woman who cooked stones

    The plight of a widow who ‘cooked’ stones to bait her children into sleeping in April touched the hearts of many Kenyans, prompting them to come to her aid.

    At the time Peninah Bahati’s plight was made public, a number of well wishers including the Kenya Red Cross paid her a visit and donated food stuff.

    Other well wishers also sent contributions of more than Ksh1million. The money was used to build Bahati a four-bedroom house, where she has since relocated with her children.

    “I am so grateful to God. I can’t believe that a woman who boiled stones to trick her children into sleeping now has a house. My children have a bigger house just like other kids,” she stated.

    2.) TPF’s David Ogola

    In November 2020, photos of former Tusker Project Fame (TPF) contestant David Ogola circulated online after he was spotted in tattered clothes along Mirema Drive, in Roysambu.

    The musician was suspected to be battling drugs and substance abuse. 

    Ogola was reunited with his sister who had been looking for him since 2015 and taken to the Nairobi West Hospital. Following his plight, Kenyans raised Ksh 137,000 to help him start life afresh.

    Forme TPF contestant David Major

    3.) TPF’s Alvan Gatitu

    The Kenyan internet star and former TPF contestant was forced to sleep in the cold after being locked out by his landlord for failing to pay rent for several months.

    Gatitu took to social media pages to highlight his plight and encourage other Kenyans who were going through similar difficulties.

    Touched by his plight, Kenyans of good will made generous contributions to help him get back on his feet. In just a number of days, the musician received Ksh2.1 million.

    Alvan Gatitu.
    Alvan Gatitu.

    4.) Ruth Shiundu

    Shiundu, a mother of four, was living through tough times after her landlord broke her door and removed the roof of her house in Kawangware estate.

    However, when Citizen TV highlighted her story, a number of Kenyans including businessman Philip Arunga, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina and other Kenyans came to the aid of the mother. 

    Kawangware resident Ruth Shiundu narrates her story to Citizen TV journalists on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
    Kawangware resident Ruth Shiundu narrates her story to Citizen TV journalists on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
    Citizen Digital

    5.) Lolani Kalu

    The journalist’s story went viral on social media after a well wisher highlighted that he had been struggling since he left NTV and was conned his hard-earned money.

    However, just a day after his story was shared on social media platforms, Kalu received slightly over Ksh 200,000 from well wishers.

    “Many Kenyans have been sending between Ksh 50 and Ksh 100 and I am simply overwhelmed. I lack words to express my gratitude to the well-wishers from far and wide, who have sent whatever they had to my cell phone line via mobile money,” he stated.

    In addition, the journalist landed a job with TV 47, becoming the station’s Coast regional reporter.

    An image of Lolani Kalu
    Former NTV journalist Lolani Kalu posing for a photo with a friend.

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