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Another Case of Successful Community Involvement In Being Our Brothers' Keepers.

Social media has always been a useful tool to spot those needy cases that have slipped between the cracks of the mainstream media.

As a social media platform, Thika Town Today gets alerts about victims of various challenges, those in need of financial assistance and others via its Facebook page, Twitter handle and WhatsApp group and when we highlight it to the world, majority of these cases are assisted by relevant Government Agencies as well as well-wishers.

It is very gratifying to see the chatting, posting, blogging and tweeting mobilising people to do more for the needy than just report their plight to the authorities.

Our involvement in crowdsourcing services and ideas that benefit the poor and the use of technology does more than just facilitating charitable efforts to alleviating the effects of poverty within our community. Our online interventions have proven so useful to the disadvantaged who would have otherwise not accessed the mainstream media to highlight their plight, get assistance, information, learn skills and ease their social isolation.

On 9th December 2015, we highlighted the case of a lady of unsound mind who did a routine exodus every morning within the town's CBD towards the U-Shop area, begging for food for herself and her three kids. We were concerned that that someone one day may harm her or her kids and the kids also run a risk of being defiled by those sex pests who preyed on their mother.

After working with a few friends like Madam Cess Wambugu, John Karenge of the Ambassadors of Change, and the Thika Children's officer Madam Rebbecca Kariuki the children were able to secure some refuge at The Star of Hope Children's Home of Sisters of Precious Blood along Kenyatta Road while the mother was taken to Mathari Mental Hospital for medical assistance.

When John Karenge and his team visited these kids last week, they were very jovial and fully assimilated into the new environment.

Then there was this case we highlighted about the bright 15-year old Brian Maina Njoki, who hails from the sprawling Kiandutu Slum and attained 416 marks in last year’s KCPE but had no hope of ever joining High school due to lack of fees. So many people came on board to assist in any possible way.

By God’s grace, Equity 'Wings To Fly' Foundation came to his rescue and now the boy is happily pursuing his studies at Kagumo Boys High School.

Last month, we were at it again, this time at our neighbours in Kandara. A middle aged man from Kiguoya Sub-Location had abandoned his children and even ran away from his marriage because his 1st and 3rd born sons suffered from Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and became disabled.

The mother, Lilian Nduko, narrated to us her predicaments which started 2013 when her first born son, Wilson Kang’ethe (15) completely lost his ability to walk while in Class 3 at Kiguoya Primary School. A year later, their 3rd born, Anthony Njuguna (12), developed the same symptoms and later lost his ability to walk.

After our appeal on this same forum, these two kids yesterday were able to re-join Joytown Primary School for the physically challenged. Shree Jain Youth League- Thika settled their fees of sh.74,000 and donated wheelchairs to the two kids so as to assist in their mobility. They also promised to sponsor them through school till they completed their studies.

This wouldn’t have been possible were it not with the help of the local community who highlighted their plight. Special thanks to Jane Waithera, Peter Njoroge and Matheri Kung’u from Kiguoya and also Mburu Gaita fron NTV who went with us all the way.

We, the Thika Town Today family, would like to reassure our audience of continued dedication to making our beloved town the ideal habitat that we have always dreamed about. We thank all those who have been helping us hit the ground running by always alerting us of what is actually is happening within our hood.

Thika Town Today…. Telling The Thika Story As It Is.

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