Varsity Donates Food Supplies to Children’s Homes to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19

Prof. Ikua (center) and Dr. Ndegwa (right) hand over the donations to Joy children’s home caretaker Mr. Jimna Mwangi.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Thursday, July 30, 2020 donated food supplies to Joy and St. Mary’s Children’s homes, to provide the necessary nutritional value to children who mainly rely on school feeding programmes and donations from well-wishers.

The initiative which was spearheaded by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua was aimed at boosting the orphaned children’s nutritional well-being given that they may not have access to adequate and regular nutritional needs to cushion them from the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the food supplies donated to the two children’s homes were 10 bags of 90kgs maize meal, 102 bales of wheat flour, 72 packets of 5kgs instant porridge flour, 6 bags of 90 kgs green grams, 180kgs of nyayo beans and personal protective equipment which included re-usable masks and hand-sanitizers produced by JKUAT, among others. The total donations amounted to about Ksh. 400,000.

Prof. Ikua who led a section of JKUAT staff members to Joy Children’s home (Ruiru) emphasized that the University is keen on improving the welfare of the local community, adding that social accountability is part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibilities.

He lauded the caretakers for their efforts in the upbringing of the young children with many beneficiaries in their midst currently receiving primary and secondary education while others are pursing university education. He further urged them to aim for university education at JKUAT which offers variety of top-notch courses from different fields.

Jimna Mwangi, who is the orphanage caregiver expressed his gratitude to the entire JKUAT fraternity for the donations noting that he has received many JKUAT students who were also well-wishers in the orphanage.

He lamented the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic saying that the orphanage has been thrown into a crisis following the lockdown over coronavirus, hindering their access to donations and stalling of projects.

At the St. Mary’s Children home in Juja, Prof. Robert Kinyua reminded the children that the society loves and cares about them hence the visit. The elated children introduced themselves and shared their future career ambitions and thanked the JKUAT team for the generous gesture.

Prof. Ikua demonstrates how to properly use hand sanitizer

The matron in charge while appreciating the University’s support said apart from the children, the home also hosts the elderly members of the society. This has exposed the children to a holistic experience during interaction with the adults at the home who regale them with interesting folktales which not only entertain but also help to mould their character.

The visits to the two homes is an initiative under the University’s corporate social responsibility that has seen the institution donate food, sanitizers and masks to Kiambu County.

Among the visiting teams were Registrar Administration, Dr. Rose Ndegwa and Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo, Registrar Research, Production and Extension Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, and Deputy Dean of Students Dr. Fredah Wanzala.

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