Slum Dweller Raises Ksh3.5M to Feed Residents [VIDEO]

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    File image of Kibera slums in Nairobi
  • A freelance journalist and social activist from Kibera started the Kibera Food Drive to provide food for the poor and elderly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Asha Jaffar, 27, stated that she was motivated by the untold suffering of slum residents, job losses, sickness and hunger she witnessed.

    The food drive has so far seen over 2.000 families fed with over Ksh 3.5 million raised by well-wishers. 

    "The drive has been successful to some extent but considering Kibra is the largest slum in Africa, the amount we get is a drop in the ocean. 

    Kibera social activist and freelance journalist Asha Jaffar

    "Most families we met referred us to other families and I sometimes felt like I was not doing enough," Jaffar stated, urging Kenyans to support her to raise over Ksh 10 million. 

    She urged the government to also enhance efforts to cushion slum residents, arguing that her organisation had managed to feed close to 500 families in a fortnight without support from either the government or several Non-Governmental Organisations within Kibera.

    The scribe added that she feels buoyed up each time she knocks on someone’s door, every time they greet her and smile. This cheers her spirit and motivates her to do more. 

    "One woman we met, Lydia, spoke of how she lost her job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She worked as a house help in one of Kenya's affluent estates. 

    "With her earnings, she was able to, before all this, feed her family, pay rent and buy any necessities needed in the house— but now she is left with nothing to do but to just stay in the house with no food and no income," Jaffar recalled urging Kenyans to donate through her website, Kibera Food Drive. 

    On August 10, the United Nations estimated that Kenya will have approximately 3.5 million severely food insecure people in the months of July and August 2020.

    It, however, detailed that steps were being set up to avert the situation. Government and partners identified 725,000 urban poor in Covid-19 hotspots, including Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa and Nakuru to be targeted through government response.

    A report released by Geopoll titled Financial Impact of COVID also detailed that over 17 million Kenyans were poised to deplete their savings in August 2020.

    An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
    An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Watch Asha Jaffar speak on Kibera Food Drive