I first met Margaret Moraa (a young widow and member of the Sengera church) on
the "Last Great Day" services at the Ekenye feast sight back in 2015. We were
honoring the elderly and widows that day with a special luncheon. We didn't have
much money, so our luncheon consisted of loaves of sliced white bread and
bottles of soda. There was no butter, or jelly, or anything else to spread on
the slices of bread, but no one was complaining in any way, fact is everyone was
so happy and excited to be there.
As we ate the bread and drank the soda, each person, one by one (without being
asked to do this) got up and gave a testimony of how "Kenya Hands of Hope" had
previously helped them. Some spoke of food assistance that was given to them in
their time of need, others commented on how KHofH stepped in and had two doctors
from one of the Kisii Hospitals come to Nyamaruma and surgically removed Jiggers
from their grandchildren's feet, (and from other children from the village who's
feet were plagued with the Jiggers.)
The last person to stand up and speak that day was Margaret, the young widow and
mother of four young children. She stated that after her husband had recently
died (from pneumonia if I remember correctly) that they had been evicted from
the house where they were living. She said they now had no place to stay. A very
As the luncheon came to an end, we began saying our goodbyes to the large number
of brethren who were attending that feast site. (We were also trying to find
enough funds to give some who had walked to the FOT site, enough fare to return
home on motor bike taxis.) as I mentioned earlier, we were quite low on funds.
In fact when I arrived that morning, I noticed that the wooden fence that had
been around the feast site was missing. When I asked what happened to the fence,
I was informed that they had run out of fire wood to cook with, and decided to
use the fence.
Anyway, a few days later after the feast was over and everything settled down, I
began thinking about that homeless widow, and inquired what had happened to her.
Turns out that no one was able to help her that last night at the feast, and
that she was reported living on the street somewhere in the large nearby village
of Ogembo. I was so sad to hear that, and immediately sent some brethren out to
find her and the children. It took one week to locate them, they were found at
the small hospital their in Ogembo. One of the children had pneumonia from
sleeping on the street, and all were now sleeping on the floor at the hospital,
Fortunately we were able to get them some food, and also pay the small hospital
bill. The mom (Margaret) met an elderly lady at the hospital who took pity on
the family and offered for them to stay with her in her small mud hut. So they
began living in that small hut with the leaking roof, helping each other out.
Margaret was searching for work each day to buy food and pay her children's
But soon afterwards the elderly woman died. At the funeral her only son had
traveled from Nairobi to bury his mom. After the funeral, the son was anxious to
sell the house & property and return back to Nairobi. The widow was unable to
purchase the property due to lack of funds. So once again she was fearing being
back on the street, but the village Chief stepped in and forced the son to offer
the property to the widow at a very low price being she was previously helping
his mother. Well the price was at a fraction of its actual value, and KHofH was
able to give Margaret the funds needed, so she bought it.
The only problem left was that the house was old with a leaking roof, and soon
going to collapse. But thanks to those who our Heavenly Father has brought
together with His Holy Spirit, once again good works that glorify Him were
performed. We are just completing the construction of a new mud house, and the
(True Widow) Margaret and her children will move in next week. Margaret wants
to thank all of you who have been donating to KHofH. Praise God!
Old house with leaking roof and soon to collapse, where the elderly lady,
Margaret, and her children were living. When I visited the house shortly after
the elderly lady died, I found one single bed, one chair, few pots & pans, and
no food except for a had full of sweet potatoes which Margaret had been feeding
her family the past few nights.
Preparing the ground for new house. |
Framed out of wood.|
Roof is of metal sheets. The house is L shaped, and will have two rooms, one for
Mom and the girls, other for the boys.|
Mud was added last week|
|Ogembo Widow and her children.|
Widow and children will move in soon as the mud dries, and the windows & doors
are installed. We also plan to help them in the future with another bed, a
table, and couple of chairs.
Margaret wants to thank those of you who have donated, and praises Our Heavenly
Father for all your good works which has Glorified Him.