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Family in Murang’a, Kenya smile after receiving friends’ donations

 

Stephen Nau (carrying his daughter) pose for a photo with his family. Behind them are friends and well wishers who paid them a visit./COURTESY

A family in Mumbu village in Muranga County has what to smile for after receiving donations from friends and well wishers, a group dubbed ‘Thinking Humanity’.

Stephen Nau 36 and his wife Stella Njeri 34 have been living in agony since they got married. They have seven children.

In addition to that, Nau has been suffering from Tuberculosis since 2015 and his wife suffers from mental illness according to reports.

However, October 15, 2018 was a new dawn for the family. The family received visitors lead by their friend Julius Nyamu who decided to pay them a visit.

One of Nau’s houses/COURTESY

According to Julius Nyamu the group leader, the family was living in a pathetic situation in that they didnt have land to cultivate and also their children are affected by jiggers.

“They have built their house in a railway reserve and lived there for over 25 years,” Nyamu spoke to Mkarimu media by phone.

Nyamu stated that they brought clothes, beddings and food to help the family cater for basic needs.

“We have bought two mattresses, beddings, one bag of maize, 50 kilograms of beans among other shopping. We have used at least Ksh. 20,000,” Nyamu said.

family received new clothes and old ones were burnt/COURTESY

However Nyamu said the help which they provided will only cover the family for a month.
A whatsup group has been set to support the family. A group has been created to support this family.

Lucy Njuguna, a member of the group says life has been hard for the family because they depend on well-wishers and neighbors for food and clothes as they don’t have land to cultivate.

Njuguna anticipated Nau’s children to be taken to a childrens home and said the group is planning to purchase pigs and chicken to make Nau busy due to his condition.

“We are planning to purchase two pigs and 5 chickens as part of the capital to make Nau to venture in rearing, because he is suffering from Tuberclosis, he cannot go to the shamba to cultivate,” she said.

Apart from providing financial support, we are planning to provide moral and educational support to the family.

According to the area Assistant Chief Peter Kanyi, Nau’s children attend Kaharati primary school, a local school within the locality.

He says it has been hard for the children to attend school regularly because of their condition.

“I took two children from the family to school myself,” stated the area assistant Chief Peter Kanyi.

Nau’s kids

The efforts by Mkarimu Media to reach the school administration to comment on the state of the children and the actions they have taken did not bear fruits.

Attacked by jiggers

The family has become victims of jiggers that have frustrated them over years, according to Nyau.

He says the jigger menace has added to their misery of living in abject poverty with no source of livelihood.

“Both hands, legs, elbows and even thighs have not been spared from the parasite,” he adds.

He states their children sometimes cannot even attend school because of the pain and discomfort.

Nau says that they have experienced hardship associating with the neighbors as they fear being infected with jiggers.

“It has been tough for us since other villagers avoid interacting with us because they fear we can infect them with jiggers,” Nau says.

The group was joined by community health workers who helped in spraying the house and burn old clothes, washed the feet of Naus children.

Stephen Nau and his son, behind are the old belongings that were burnt/COURTESY

“We have sprayed the house and compound and we have burnt the clothes in this house need to be burnt to completely eradicate the jiggers,” Njuguna said.

“We have talked to them on how to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to avoid re-infection,” she added.