Kibera Man’s Covid-19 Initiative Benefits 600 Families

An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Moses Omondi from Kibera, Nairobi started ‘Adopt a Family’ Initiative that has so far benefited over 600 families who have been hard hit by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Having been raised in the biggest slum in the country, Omondi knows too well the challenges faced by residents like the back of his hands.

    Omondi’s Adopt a Family initiative seeks to cushion families that have borne the brunt of Covid-19 economic effects in four ways.

    An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
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    He aids the families through the voucher system, food donation, direct money transfers and setting up small scale businesses.

    The Adopt a Family initiative was started back in April through Omondi in conjunction with a number of well off individuals who donate to vulnerable families.

    “I started this initiative called Adopt a Family, people were hard hit by the directive that was issued where the government wanted people to stay home to adhere to social distancing.

    “As a result, many families lost their income, my major responsibility is to reach out and mobilise resources through my network,” noted Omondi.

    The philanthropist has a team of volunteers who have the responsibility of identifying vulnerable families through their own criteria.

    For accountability and transparency, the initiative has put in place an M-Changa account which has three mandatory signatures and also filing of receipts.

    Abigael Wayo was a recent beneficiary of the initiative as she received two boxes of biscuits and sweets to open up a small scale business to sustain herself.

    Marion, a widow who used to sell porridge received a voucher from the Adopt a Family initiative to buy some foodstuffs.

    Omondi is among a number of Kenyans seeking to offer a helping hand to the vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic that has rendered many jobless.

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    Source: KENYAGIST.COM