I have been cooking lunch for the children from my local mosque. When they finish madrasa they line up outside my house. I give from my own pocket although it is not enough. – Duboi, resident of Kibra
I have been a teacher at both primary and secondary schools in Kibra but I had to stop teaching full-time when I went back to school. I am a second-year student at University of Nairobi, where I am studying a degree in Economics and Statistics. In my free time, I provide tutoring sessions for high school students for free. I do this because I struggled myself to complete my primary and secondary school education and I am passionate about transforming the Kibra community to be a better place than it is. – George, resident of Kianda, Kibra
There are many children in Kibera who are completely orphan. I have been supporting these children by paying their school fees. I also run a small hotel in Olympic that support young people by employing them – Mama Atieno, resident of Olympic, Kibra
Editah has offered her house freely as a safe space for 9 abused girls and women. Even currently she has a girl that was attacked four months ago. “We don’t just give because we have personally, I give because I know what it means to lack” she says. – Editah, resident of Kisumu Ndogo, Kibra
I was coming home from work when I heard a woman wailing. When I stopped to hear what was happening, I learned that a seven year-old boy, the woman’s son, had accidentally fallen into a pool full of dirty water, garbage, and sewage and drowned. Though the police had arrived, they were not able to rescue the body of the boy. I really felt for his mother so I immediately decided to jump in and rescue the body myself but the police wanted to arrest me, thinking that I was going to commit suicide. Finally, the other people around were able to convince the police and after three attempts, I was able to return the body of the boy to his family. – Stitches, resident of Gatwekera, Kibra
These are just a few of the remarkable stories we gathered from Kibera residents to celebrate Giving Tuesday in November.
There are so many needs in Kibera but we often overlook the amazing ways that people are helping each other every day to meet those needs. People are sharing what they have, however small, and having a life-changing impact on others.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
In this passage, Jesus celebrates the giving of a woman who had little to give but who gave it all. Her giving perhaps seemed insignificant until Jesus shone a light on her for his disciples to see and appreciate her and to learn from her. It was so inspiring to listen to these stories and to take a day to shine a light on these hidden acts of kindness. We all came away from the day humbled and challenged by the community spirit and generosity shown in Kibera.