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Group gives Bissil widows hope, as COVID-19 stirs hopelessness in county

Prayers before Nalotuesha for Nalotuesha Initiative members distribute food in Bissil to widows on August 15 .
Prayers before Nalotuesha for Nalotuesha Initiative members distribute food in Bissil to widows on August 15 .
Team leader, Rhodah Katimua, said: “We got concerned that due the coronavirus pandemic very many women are now going through hard times especially those from around Bissil area like Lenkishon”.

Long before the coronavirus pandemic hit Kajiado Central sub-county, widows from the region walked many kilometres to hustle for their children.

They would carry cooked food, ornaments made from beads and any other item that would attract the eyes of traders at the county’s largest livestock market at Ilbissil town.

The market had provided them with opportunities to make money for food and school fees for their children.

 

Food for women in Bissil.
Food for women in Bissil.

But after the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of the market, everything has never been the same again for the widows from this part of the county.

This is the reason, a group of well-wishers dubbed Nalotuesha for Nalotuesha Initiative went out of its way to fundraise, buy food items and carry them to Lenkishon village in Bissil to distribute to the vulnerable women.

The NNI at Lenkishon village in Matapato North distributed foodstuff to over 40 widows.

Team leader, Rhodah Katimua, said: “We got concerned that due the coronavirus pandemic very many women are now going through hard times especially those from around Bissil area like Lenkishon”.

Katimua said before the COVID -19 pandemic, many women used to go to the livestock markets and sell tea, and other items to earn a living but a dark curtain of doom fell right on their faces when the virus hit the nation.

“We distributed maize flour, wheat flour, rice, sugar and tea leaves. The women were also given cereals such as maize and beans among other food items,” said Katimua.

Food donation for widows in Bissil.
Food donation for widows in Bissil.
Prayers before Nalotuesha for Nalotuesha Initiative members distribute food in Bissil to widows on August 15 .
Prayers before Nalotuesha for Nalotuesha Initiative members distribute food in Bissil to widows on August 15 .
Food items arrive at Lenkishon Children's home in Bissil on August 15.
Food items arrive at Lenkishon Children’s home in Bissil on August 15.

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