East -West home is best: Home at last!!!

Well, not really home but close to home in smaller camps.

The Molo IDPs Support Coordination Committee (MISCC), which has been involved in providing support to IDPs in Molo, is now making follow up visits to the IDPs resettlement process which was initiated by the Government of Kenya on Monday 5th May 2008

On Monday, 12th May 2008, the team visited Kangawa village in Kamara division Mr Kimani, his expectant wife and two of their fourteen children where some farmers have moved back to their farms. First stop was at Upendo Primary School where they met the head teacher Mr Gadson Mwaniki who told them that the school, which has a capacity of 450 pupils, had by then only 100. The nursery school teacher Ms Elizabeth Wanjiru, said she had 15 and was in the process of registering more. It was suggested that MISCC supports learning, stationery, equipments and feeding programme for the nursery. It will further support teachers’ allowances. The support is only for a period until parents are able to take over the responsibility.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kimani Chege who came back to their farm on Monday 5th May explained that they had found their house intact but household items had been looted. Mr Kimani, his cow and the young calf “I am happy to be back home where am able to feed my cow better and its health has improved greatly and am able to get 3 liters of milk from it every day which I sell in Molo town and buy food for my family” .The had a small calf that was born prematurely for which Kimani is proud of. The family is able to harvest some ‘volunteer’ local vegetables from their farm.

Mr. Paul Mwangi Kigaa and his wife Mary Muthoni are the parents of John Kariuki Mwangi who is one of the International Vice Presidents of Slow Food International. Its time to prepare lunch, John’s mother at work They have returned back to their farm from their refugee camp at Wanaruona. “Like you can see, I am now preparing lunch for my family with vegetables that I harvested from my shamba”. She further goes on to explain that they are still faced with many challenges but the more pressing one is school fees for their secondary school children. One of their daughters Margaret Wanjiku had just been sent home by the school teacher because she had not paid fees. Her other children are in many other Mrs Mwangi and daughter Margaret admire the family heiferschools including Tayari Secondary, Nyanda and Upendo Primary schools. Besides vegetables she is also able to harvest volunteer potatoes, onions, etc from their farm. She also has a few chickens from which the family gets eggs and a heifer that the family is nurturing for future source of milk.

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