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.
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.
Philanthropic Kibera man starts ‘adopt a family’ initiative to support families hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic pic.twitter.com/v6qpnUB2ht
â€” Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) July 14, 2020