Kenya Red Cross Society surprises
elderly persons, street children, orphans and the sick with special visits
Tears of joy engulfed the elderly at
Alms House, ‘Nyumba ya wazee’ located at Tudor in Mombasa when the Kenya
Red Cross Society, Mombasa branch made a surprise visit on 25th
of December 2018.
Led by the Kenya Red Cross Society,
Mombasa branch welfare Officer Mr. Rafik Rauf, the volunteers cleaned
all the dormitories, beddings of the elderly and sprayed disinfectants.
According to Mr. Rauf, most of the
beddings were dirty and with bedbugs but received a thorough cleaning.
Quality time was well spent with the
elders as the team later prepared chicken Pilau as part of celebrations
where they joined the elderly for a feast.
Kenya Red Cross Society volunteers
have been conducting such visits every festive season.
The humanitarian organization also spent time with street children at
Meanwhile the humanitarian
organization also spent time with street children at ‘Maboxini’ area within
Mr. Rauf said that it has been the
norm for the Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch to meet and share food with
the street children and the less fortunate in the society.
“However we have long term plans to
uplift the living standards of the street children, we are rolling out
an initiative of free English classes for them as well as enabling them
access free medical services in public hospitals,” he added
Other long term programs the Kenya Red
Cross Mombasa branch is planning are to offer vocational and skills
training and helping them to engage in garbage collection as a source of
However, Mr. Rauf appealed to
well-wishers and other donors to help the humanitarian aid in
accomplishing its 2019 goals on alleviating human suffering.
The visits did not end there but
proceeded on the next day at Coast Provisional General Hospital where
the Welfare Department visited sick persons.
Apples and Bananas were part of fruits
distributed at the Hospital. We were able to visit Children’s ward,
Maternity ward, Burnt patients... and more
Mrs. Zakia Mohamed who is The Regional
Vice Chairperson for Coast said “Visiting the sick boosts up their moral
and we try our best in whatever small assistance we could support.”
The Welfare Department visited sick persons at Coast Provisional General
The Volunteers proceeded to Mji wa
Salama and Old Aged home for an Egg Bank Project, a project initiated about 30+
years ago where volunteers contribute to buy eggs, boil them and distribute at
Speaking to our news desk, Mr. Rauf
appreciated the support given by Coast Week over the years in promoting the
Kenya Red Cross Activities and creating awareness into bringing in more donors
donating food stuffs.
He was though sadden by the news he
last read on closure of our news paper but again humbled to have received
support till the last minute.
Mr. Rauf hopes that his activities
shall continue even in his absence and inspire thousands out there in the
community to stretch out their helping hand for others.