|For many in Kuwinda slums life came to an abrupt standstill after a fierce fire gutted their houses with everything in them. They did not salvage anything; they just ran for their dear lives. They were hopeless and devastated. Though the government helped in putting up the houses, the residents walked into empty houses. They needed basic commodities like beds, bedding, cooking stove and utensils.|
It was much joy for some of them who were lucky to receive a pair of bed sheets, a blanket, a cooking pan and some utensils from CMA during a recent visit.
Indeed, it was difficult for most of the women to cook for their families because they did not have the money to purchase the basic kitchen utensils. “We are happy that now we have a sufuria (cooking pan) and some plates. Thank you for your love and kindness,” one of the women said in appreciation.
The cold season is here with us and it can be unbearable for a poor family especially the children to brave the cold nights without a blanket to keep them warm. One could tell how overjoyed they were when they were provided with a blanket.
Beatrice Nafula Naliaka
The elderly woman lives in the worst state of the shanties in the slum. No roof over her head; just an old nylon paper which cannot hold any rain. The room which has an earthen floor is terribly cold and damp. “I am happy for the blanket and the other things you have given me,” she happily said. “May God abundantly increase the blessings of the people who have provided these items.”
She was glad for the blanket and the bed sheets which will make her get some warmth. This will reduce her agony of battling many challenges of survival occasioned by poverty. She does not have a reliable income which comes from casual jobs of cultivating people’s farms. Truly, the provision of these items has given Naliaka a lot of hope to soldier on in life.
“The blanket will really help me with the children,” Ndunge, who has four children, said with much sigh of relief. Her children had to sleep in the cold because she did not have any money to purchase the bedding. She has no job and it has been quite challenging to raise the children. “I thank the person who donated these items to me. May God reward him or her,” she said with much gratitude because her children will now have some good sleep under a warm blanket.
The family George was quite happy to receive the items. George and his wife have five children. “When the house got burnt, we lost everything and the children had nowhere to sleep,” George narrated the ordeal he has been going through. The children did not have any bedding and had to sleep in the cold. When a neighbor saw the agony they were going through she offered some temporary support. She agreed to share her bed with them. “ I am very happy because of the bedding you have proved to us because my children will return to our house. This is an answered prayer,” George said.