Covid-19 is one problem no one quite thought would be here or would last this long. Killing more men than women translating to more poor widows in Mama Hope's community. The disease has killed the small businesses that supported widows and single mothers of Mama hope self help group. Remnants of their tiny businesses cannot even incorporate social distancing measures.
It was already a poor group and now Covid- 19 has taken away the group's livelihood and worse still, Mama Hope is already adding new members widowed by Covid- 19.
It's poverty that had brought these ladies together in the first place. On losing their husbands, who were sole breadwinners, and having no college education, these ladies decided to register a self help group of 33 members, to increase their chances. They have been my friends since I started providing them with solar lanterns and phone chargers more than four years ago.
I work in the renewable energy sector, the reason they call me Winnie Wa (of) Solar. For this campaign, I am working together with Mama Hope Self Help Group, the group's officials at their place in Kasarani/Ruaraka Nairobi. I am neither a single mother nor a widow, myself. The chair-lady, Miss Evelyn K. Muceke, the Secretary, Miss Faith G. Mathew and Miss Lucy Mugambi, the treasurer of the group are concentrating on the offline campaign and me online.
My family, friends and I have been helping these ladies but it is not anywhere near enough. The families still lack food, soaps, water, masks, sanitizers and other basic needs. They live in houses without running water, buying water for every day use from vendors. Donations will be used to buy these items for the group. I come to you now to ask you to help with any kind of donation, large or small. Any amount will be highly appreciated. A mask for example retails at $1. My main focus at this moment is making sure that each of them gets at least $2 dollars a day.
The Kenyan government is doing its best helping her people, but government help is either delayed or does not include such groups, it is focused mostly on the elderly.
I am looking to you, my global family, to raise funds to save the families of these determined widows. You are their only hope, and if you are in a position to help with any kind of donation, large or small, please do. All donations are highly appreciated.
All proceeds will go directly to Mama Hope Self Help Group. The group officials and I will make sure that the donations are shared equally among the members. Thank you so much for your support.