Life Is Not A Bed Of Roses: The Other Kenya

In life, some things comes as a default, we don’t choose where to be born nor do we choose our parents. For some of us, we are lucky enough to find ourselves in an environment that we can refuse to be captives off but for many children in northern part of Kenya, have a very slim chance to succeed in life.

In Turkana,almost 70% of the population in that area lack basic needs such as water, shelter, clothing, education and above all, healthcare. Poverty is the worst scourge of the new century and it must be stopped. Man has climbed the highest peak. He has walked on the moon. The human genome has been mapped. Technology is ever becoming more sophisticated but still we as Kenyan people, our brother’s and sister’s still lack human basic needs. Why is this? What can we do to stop it once and for all?

Expressed at the human level, many people grew up in poor rural households and here, I can speak from the heart because that’s where i came from,poverty is menace.

I want to express my gratitude to Deborah, a lady from Canada who has shown love by setting up a healthcare facility in remotes part of Turkana. Her act of kindness gives hope in the area. From her act, I believe that our human compassion bind us, one to another, not in pity or patronizingly but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the for future.

Poverty is not natural, it’s man-made. It can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great and i want to be part of that generation that’s lets greatness blossom.

The most authentic thing about us, is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. I believe there is hope for Turkana women, children and men.

How can we fight poverty in Turkana?


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