By Victoria Syombua
Caro Njoki, a 30-year-old woman from Embu, moved to Mombasa together with her husband seeking better livelihood for her and their two sons; Brian and Kevin age 9 and age 5 respectively. After years of struggling to make ends meet, the husband left for Nairobi, leaving Njoki behind with their two sons.
She has since been struggling to make ends meet, looking for day to day jobs such as washing utensils and doing laundry, just as to find a few coins to provide food for her family. Things have proven to be especially harder during this global Covid-19 pandemic.
Getting a daily job is not as easy as it seems. Homes no longer welcome strangers due to the precaution measures set by the Kenyan government to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. If they are lucky enough sometimes, neighbors would extend a helping hand for them to have food on their table but there are days when they go hungry.
They currently have an eviction notice on their iron sheet made house that a plot owner in
Bombolulu had offered them to rest their heads at the end of the day for free. They are now
forced to move from a place they have been calling home for the last four months as the landlord
wants to extend her building.
By Brian Osweta
Even as Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage all over the world, people who are living with HIV in vulnerable communities in Kenya seem to be having it the worst.
58-year-old Mary Waceke is among the PLWH in Mombasa, Kenya. To her, ever since the pandemic hit the country life took a new twist.
Having lived with the virus for over 15 years, Mary says it’s by the grace of God that she lives to see this day.