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Machakos  Governor’s  wife  appeals for assistance for children homes

The  Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua checks some of the items donated to the county by various organizations at his office on Monday May 18, 2020. Photo by KNA.
The  Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred  Mutua  sanitizes his Deputy, Eng. Francis Maliti  when he received donations from various organisations on Monday May 18, 2020. Photo by KNA. (Courtesy photo)
Dr. Alfred Mutua receives a Sh. 1 million cheque from  KCB Bank to help support families ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday May 18, 2020. Photo by KNA.

The  Machakos Governor’s wife, Lillian Ng’ang’a has appealed for enhanced assistance to charity homes to enable them survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking  in  Machakos over the weekend while distributing foodstuffs to various children homes within the county, Ng’ang’a said the public should come out and share the little they have to ensure such homes can feed their inmates.

She  said children in such centers have no homes to go back to when schools close except stay where they are.

“When schools were closed the other children went home but the kids who live in these homes have nobody to come and visit them as often as usually. I urge all to pop in at these homes and do some little good and when you sleep you feel you have done something good for the day,” she said.

The Governor’s wife noted that unlike other institutions, charity homes lack necessary support systems such as social support structures to operate from apart from donations from well-wishers.

Ng’ang’a nevertheless promised to continue supporting such institutions to stay afloat as the country battles the current pandemic.

“We have been working together for the last seven years, therefore this exercise today is part of our routine. These kids have no kind of support children get at home. We forget that there are kids who don’t have the kind of social support system that we have back home. Challenge yourself, spread some love, do some little good,” she said.

Meanwhile, the  Machakos Governor, Dr Alfred Mutua has raised alarm over the rising cases of domestic violence being witnessed in the society and has appealed to the families to seek for alternative ways of resolving such conflicts.

The governor who was addressing journalists at his office on Monday while receiving donations from various organizations said cases of spouses battering each other and minors being defiled have become common since the ravages of Covid-19 started taking toll to the country’s economy rendering hundreds of people jobless.

“Let us protect our families and not hurt each other. If you find someone planning to hurt a child intervene immediately and report such a person to the police. Unless we do this, we shall witness a surge in the number of teenage pregnancies in coming months,” he warned.

He has nevertheless appealed to employers to be lenient when handling the current financial crisis emanating for the Covid-19 pandemic by retaining their workers at an agreed terms in order to enable such people fend for their families.

Among those who gave donations include Kenya Commercial Bank which issued a Sh. 1 million cheque, Qwetu Sacco gave sanitizers and World Vision donated PPE’s besides pledging to give free psychological services to health workers handling Covid-19 patients.

To date, Kenya has recorded a total of 912 infections, 326 recoveries and 50 deaths arising from the pandemic.

Globally, the disease has already claimed 315,023 people with 1.7 million recoveries having as at May 12.

More than 4 million others have been infected with the coronavirus even as countries work round the clock to find a vaccine for the disease.

By  Samuel  Maina

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