A family from Irarani in Marimanti ward, Tharaka South Sub County will celebrate the New Year in style after receiving keys to their two newly built houses through the help of Marimanti ward MCA M.s Susan Ngugi Mwindu.
The family of over 80 years old granny Julia Kareaikwa and her 3 grandchildren has been living in a deplorable structure after the mother of the 3 and the daughter of the granny passed on about two years ago living behind her weak aged mother to take care of the 3 children.
Speaking during the opening of the two houses, Susan lauded the neighbours of the family who have been feeding the members of the poor family since all the children being minors, the family has no bread winner and thus they relies on neighbours and people of good will.
“I thank all the neighbours who have stood with Kareaikwa’s family since the demise of Tabitha Kagendo the mother to the 3 children living with Kareaikwa. I urge you to continue supporting the family and I will as well offer my support where possible,’’ Susan said.
Being back to school season, the Marimanti ward MCA said she will ensure that the children will report back come January 4th when schools will be re-opening.
“I understand that January is almost here with us and the children also require to report back school despite the hard situation they are facing with their grandmother. My sister and I have therefore resolved to ensure the children will report back to their respective schools like others through our own local arrangements,’’ she said.
Besides handing over of the house keys to the family, Susan brought an assortment of food stuffs and beddings to the family.
John Mutembei a neighbour of the family thanked the MCA for her generosity to chip in to their efforts as neigbours towards ensuring that the family is living in a good environment by providing a better shelter and buying food for them.
The aged Julia Kareaikwa explained the agony she has been going through after her efforts to have her name registered among the Inua Jamii program beneficiaries which is meant for the elderly who are over 70 years of age. She thanked Susan for standing with her and also urged other elected leaders and people of good will to help her out of the situation.
“All efforts to have my number included among the Inua Jamii program beneficiaries having failed, I have been forced to totally depend on help from other people to survive and feed my three grandchildren. I thank Susan for standing with us and appeal to other elected leaders and people of good will to extend a helping hand to us so that our lives does not become unbearable,’’ Kareaikwa pleaded.
The plight of the poor family came into lime light after the Marimanti MCA visited them back in August this year and was touched by the sorry state the family was going through and promised to come back to offer little help she would manage including getting a better shelter for them.
She promised to continue walking along with the family especially the school going children to ensure they don’t terminate their school life and above all ensure they becomes self-reliant in future. She urged other leaders who may be at a position to help the family to come forward and save the future of the three children.