(Bungoma Journalists Association Chairman John Makuba inspects food stuff donated to street children in Busia County on Saturday 13th June, 2020. PHOTO/COURTESY)
News reporters from Bungoma, Kakamega and Busia Counties on Saturday abandoned their jobs to join a female police officer in Busia County in feeding street children.
The correspondents, drawn from local and national media houses in Western Kenya, came together to assist a Busia police officer Doris Wako who is currently hosting street kids at her Mundika following Corona outbreak in the border the town.
Doris Wako is an Administration Police Officer in Busia County who has been helping street kids for close to a decade now, even as her challenges triple during Coronavirus pandemic.
The scribes, led by the Bungoma Journalists Chairperson John Makuba, decided to visit her home in Busia where they donated packets of maize, beans, greens, onions as well as tomatoes.
Other essentials donated by the members of the fourth estate include sanitary equipment, beverages, food and learning materials.
“We bought 34kgs of maize, 20kgs of beans, 10kgs green grams, 10kgs omena, onions, tomatoes and other shopping elements to at least boost the living standards of the children,” said John Makuba alias Mantor Jay.
Ms Doris Wako has reportedly been taking care of 34 street children until a philanthropic preacher took at least half of the population to take care of.
However, the numbers have continued to rise following the spread of the pandemic.
“The numbers have been growing ever since the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ms Wako told the reporters.
MS Wako has since taken over the responsibilities of providing mentorship, guidance on ditching drugs as well as tracing the families of the children. Those whose families are not traced are kept under her wings for adoption.
Out of the current 16, two are in secondary schools with the rest being in primary schools.
Among those who participated in the initiative include John Mkuba (K24TV), Jane Cherotich (CITIZEN TV), Zacheuse Mwasame (NTV Kenya), Elias Iteba (Busia FM), Celine Wamala (KBC) and David Maramba (NTV).
Mr. Makuba asked residents and well wishers to be supporting members of the society in helping individuals who have such initiatives of taking care of the vulnarables in the society.
“When you see individuals coming up with such initiatives, it’s good as a community to join hands in supporting them,” Mr. Makuba told Wakajuaness.Com.