Chivalry Is Not Dead
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.
The former president of boxing in Kenya, Mr. John Kameta, together with his family upon hearing of her plight, paid them a visit on Sunday afternoon. He got to know of her story when he intervened the arrest of a woman selling a traditional local brew commonly known as changa. After negotiating with the four local officers for the lady’s release, where she promised to reform, is when the officers mentioned that there is another lady in similar condition, if not worse. He was taken to go see Caro Njoki so as to understand what the officers meant, and the rest is history.
She received a few supplies from Mr. Kameta and his family that will help take care of her and her boys. He calls upon more well-wishers to come together for her sake and the sake of others who are in dire need living around us during this difficult time. He emphasized by saying, “It does not have to be money and I repeat, it does not have to be money. Necessities such as food, clothes and a roof over their heads, just to mention but a few for the less fortunate.”
He further thanked the four county inspectorate officers, the Mombasa governor, Ali Hassan Joho, and our government who have taken the initiative to help needy citizens.
Caro and her two sons’ basic needs are for now taken care of. They are living in a single house and have food and clothing. She very grateful for the door that opened for them to end their misery and give them hope for a better future.
She kindly urges the people who are capable, to lend a helping hand because if it was not for Mr. Kameta, a good Samaritan who she now calls Dad, she does not know where they would be.