NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A team of Chinese entrepreneurs on Friday donated
food stuffs to residents of Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum in the
outskirts of Nairobi.
The entrepreneurs, including
Chairman of Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce Zhuo Wu, donated
an assortment of foodstuffs to locals. This was on top of their
previous donations which included bedding materials.
The founder of the Sino-Africa Firefly Charity and organizer
of the series of donations, Professor Wang Lei said this is a
new model of charity to the Kibera slum.
The organizer normally invites donors to directly visit slums
and to donate directly by themselves which allows
philanthropists to experience local people’s life.
Wang, who also is the Deputy Head of the Expert group on the
Qifei Project, which is a collaborative project between China’s
Ministry of Science and Technology and Kenya’s ministry of
health, said that the donations were motivated by the desire to
help the less fortunate members of Kenya’s society to meet their
Wang said that currently the government-to-government
relation between Kenya and China is very cordial.
"Our aim is to also elevate the people to people relationship
between the citizens of China and Kenya," he said during the
visit to Kibera.
One of the beneficiaries of the Chinese support was Pinto
Genga, who has lived in Kibera for the past 16 years.
The 41-year-old father of three children is currently
unemployed due to prolonged sickness.
"I used to work as a security guard until six months ago when
I was infected with tuberculosis," Genga told Xinhua in Nairobi.
Currently the sole bread winner in his household is his wife
who is a food vendor in the sprawling Kibera slums.
Genga said he is very grateful for the Chinese food donation
as it will help to supplement his family’s meager earnings.
He noted that the donation comes at an ideal time when the
current drought has increased the cost of basic food necessities
in the country.