Children are among the most vulnerable during any kind of upheaval, and the Coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Although children do not represent a high-risk group for direct COVID-19 fatality, the pandemic posts far-reaching secondary impacts that heighten risks to children’s rights and wellbeing.
To lessen the negative impact of the pandemic, a group of JKUAT students led by Moses Waweru made it their responsibility to empower and build the capacity of the vulnerable children in Juja on the adverse effects of Coronavirus and how to protect themselves from it.
“We have been trying our best to ensure that the less fortunate children in Juja are not forgotten in the fight against COVID-19,” said Waweru, a third year BSc Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering student.
The group of students under the patronage of JKUAT Equity Leaders Chapter (JKUELC) has made children size reusable masks and distributed over 200 of them in a bid to ensure that the children are taking the necessary precaution against the virus.
JKUELC first stop was the Break, Bless and Share Children’s Home located near Juja Farm where apart from distributing the masks to the children and educating them on matters COVID-19, the students have also taken up mentorship programmes in the home. The mentors are responsible for the children’s academic and personal growth.
“As University students in this area, it will be gratifying to know that we were able to mentor these children as they strive to join an institution of higher learning just like us,” elucidates Waweru.
Post Covid-19, Waweru says, the group will continue with the mentorship programme, especially for the vulnerable children around Juja.
“Every child needs a fair chance to succeed. JKUELC has a network of about 1000 students who I believe have the capacity to mentor these young ones regardless of their hectic class schedules,” said Waweru.
JKUELC comprises of students sponsored by Equity Bank through the Wings to Fly and Equity Leadership Programme.