Aga Khan Academy students donate Relief Food in Kajiado

20 June 2010

Six youth from the Aga Khan Academy had a vision to make a difference during the drought period that lasted from January 2009 to December 2009.

Six youth from the Aga Khan Academy had a vision to make a difference during the drought period that lasted from January 2009 to December 2009.

On 10th June 2010, the dream was actualized as the Kenya Red Cross Team and the Aga Khan Academy students donated food worth Kshs 300,000/= to two schools in Kajiado.

The youth, namely, Mwaniki Nyagah, Njoki Kiiru, Nicholas Gachangi, Joanne Muchai, Dip Patel and Lemmy Thuku, under the group Pride Initiative, mobilized funds from February 2009, to respond to the drought.

Relief donations collected by the youth were given to the two schools, KMQ and Esokota Primary whose total population is 1,200 pupils. The schools were identified as the neediest in the district and they received 4.584MT of maize flour and 1 tonne of cooking oil.

The joy on the pupils’ and teachers’ faces as they received the relief donation was unforgettable and the warm reception to the visitors’ and excitement from the school fraternity was overwhelming.

“We did not expect such a reception. To be honest, as the children sang their hearts out in appreciation, we were dumbfounded and looked at them in amazement,” said Mr. Sameer Paroo, an Aga Khan Academy Administrator.

The Aga Khan Students were elated to have made a difference in the lives of the needy children in the Kajiado District.

Teachers and pupils suffer walking more than 14 kilometers to have a meal in school, while most pupils who live far from schools stay hungry some days in the week.

“It is sad that today in Kenya, young children and the youth walk long distances in search of knowledge,” said Dip Patel.

The Kenya Red Cross Society team and students from Aga Khan Academy were humbled by the challenges in Kajiado District and reckoned the need for more support to the vulnerable in the society.