Moses Jackson, an eight-year-old boy at Kavunzoni Primary School in Kilifi, has a reason to smile after Kenyans of goodwill built him a fully furnished house after being featured on a Citizen TV piece, Tears of Hunger.
In the feature, Citizen TV Swahili news anchor and reporter Mashirima Kapombe highlighted the ravaging effects of hunger across the region. Moses' story in particular painted a grim picture of a child who was unable to concentrate in class due to starvation.
Moses touched Kenyans' hearts as they didn't hesitate to offer contributions to change the young student's life.
The 8-year-old's family thanked the well-wishers for extending their kind gesture and saving them from abject poverty.
"I would like to extend my gratitude to all the well-wishers as I could not manage to build this house on my own," Jackson Koi, Moses' father, stated.
Mariam Jackson, Moses' mother, noted that her son, albeit very young, has lifted their family out of a dire situation.
Kapombe, who returned to Kavunzoni to highlight Moses' new development, noted that the students were full of energy after they got food.
Gift Kidodo, a teacher at the school, affirmed that the entire school had changed in terms of drive and energy.
"Our lives changed ever since the feature. We have been receiving donations from various Kenyans of goodwill who were touched by Moses' story," he stated.
His words were reiterated by David Karisa, Kavunzoni's headteacher, who added that due to the school-feeding program, there has been a 100 percent attendance in classes.
"The children now have extra energy to play co-curricular activities and concentrate in class. Since we began cooking lunch in school, we have had 100 percent attendance. The students are assured that they will find lunch in school," he noted.
In addition, a mother whose plight was aired on the same feature also received support from Kenyans who built her a house.
The feature highlighted Kadzo Karisa who was forced to feed her children on wild roots.
"I don't know what I could give as a token of my appreciation. My children have eaten to their fill and they are happy," she pointed out.
There are 11 more schools in the area that well-wishers and World Vision seek to reach with the school feeding program in January 2023.