"COVID-19 WILL PUSH OVER 49 MILLION PEOPLE INTO EXTREME POVERTY IN 2020"
By using the term “Towa Kitu Kidogo” or Swahili for, "Give Something Small", we feel that collectively, our combined efforts are much more powerful than ours individually.
We know, this term can be associated with corruption and bribery, however our intention here is to challenge conventional ways of doing things. We are using this portal to show, that giving something small can indeed end up in the right hands and impact people at the ground level. Knowing that we cannot do this together, we ask you to help advance our cause in any manner you can.
We account for every Dollar/Shilling that is donated. Just like Jack Dorsey (of Twitter) we created a google document where you can see where our funds are going. Unlike Jack, we don’t have a billion dollars to give away, just yet..;)
A space for us to share what others in East Africa are doing towards promoting COVID-19 awareness, and wellness.
Music has always been intertwined with East African culture. With the spread of COVID-19 at an all-time high, the best way to reach the most number of people and educate East Africans about the virus is through music. Here is a song in Kiswahili that describes how to prevent contracting COVID-19 and how East Africans can come together to stop the spread of the disease. Corona tutaishinda!
This was created by a team of Tanzanians scattered across the world: Azan Virji (Singer/Rapper- USA), Abuzer Shoukat (Composer- Dubai), Shamya Jaffer (Album cover- Canada), Neema Lema & Calvin
OUR EAST AFRICAN SPOTLIGHT
OUR INITIATIVES SO FAR
Each week we come up with a variety of initiatives to support the communities around Western Kenya focused around the City of Kisumu.
Our partners vary based on the project. So far, we have partnered up with the Kenya Red Cross, The Gilani Foundation and The Imperial Hotel.
OUR INITIATIVES SO FAR:
Week of May 18th 2020
Through your generous contributions we were able to partner up with the Sikh community in Kisumu to provide hot meals to 2260 individuals! Areas targeted today were Apondo and Ombaka where families continue to be affected by flooding of their homes and their communities. Alongside meals, biscuits, milk and blankets were also distributed. Some pictures have been attached.
Our recognition goes to the Sikh Community and the concept of "Langar" where a free meal is normally served to visitors at their place of worship without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status of ethnicity. Here "Langar" came to the community. To mark the end of Ramadhan, we can think of no greater gift.
Should you have any thoughts, ideas or initiatives that you would like us to be a part of, please let us know.
May God continue to bless you and your families.
Our biggest donation yet! On May 17th, through the Red Cross, we were able to partner up with Safaricom to distribute Non Food Items and Food Hampers to the communities of Obiayo and Kogalo. This event was graced by the County Director and Safaricom Director in Kisumu County. We also thank the Red Cross (Ms Helen and Oscar) for undertaking this distribution.
The communities of Western Kenya continue to be grateful for all your support.
Week of May 11th 2020
This week, through generous donations we were able to do the following activities:
On May 11th, we distributed 50 Hampers to Nurses at the front line at the Kisumu District Hospital. In honour of International Nurses Day, this was a small appreciation to our heroes. Thank you Nurses!!!
On May 10th we partnered with two close friends of ours:
Ms Kalpana and Nishma Karia who have had a long standing relationship with Mama Ngina Childrens Home in Kisumu. Here they distributed food items. Also included were some sweets and cookies for the kids. We thank Aryan Enterprises for this kind donation of the sweets.
Mr Imran Kanji and his team were able to visit another Childrens orphanage and distribute some education materials, toys and toiletries. The Girls who were observing a fast were also treated to come delicious chicken.
If you would like additional information on any of these initiatives, please get in touch. We sincerely thank you for your continued support.
Week of May 4th 2020
Food Hampers for the displaced in Odienya
This morning, through you generous contributions, we were able to distribute food to 310 families at the Odienya Evacuation Centre. Many of these were displaced families due to the heavy rain in parts of Western Kenya.
The care packages included: Maize Flour (for local staple Ugali), Green Grams, Cooking oil, Salt, Bread, Long Life Milk, Bar Soap and Washing powder.
This was also our most logistically challenging distribution! See the attached pictures and video in our gallery.
Week of April 27th 2020
Food Hampers for displaced families in Nyando.
We again partnered up with the Kenyan Red Cross to Distribute meal packs to 150 displaced families. Rains in Western Kenya have displaced thousands of families. Families today were some of the most vulnerable which included the disabled, lactating mothers, the elderly and widows.
Week of April 20th 2020
Meal for first responders at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching & Referral Hospital (JOOTRH)
Chef Evans from the Imperial Hotel Kisumu, puts the final touches for a meal for over one hundred first responders. The meal and Medical Scrubs, were donated to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching & Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) on behalf of Imperial Hotel, Imperial Express Kisumu and team TKK. Dr Okoth we appreciate you and your team of first responders as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Asante Sana.
Kisumu Womens Prisons:
We were warmly received at the Prison, where we donated items such as: Sanitary Pads, Soap, Bread, Millet Porridge Flour (a favorite) and Seeds for Planting. The Prison has 96 women and 6 children. We were requested to visit again soon, hopefully next time with some books and resources for the children.
Thank you for your support. God Bless you.
Have an idea or initiative that we can be part of? Please contact us.