Families impacted by floods gather at an Unbound office in Nairobi to receive assistance based on their stated needs.
Aug 3 2016

Helping families impacted by floods


By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

Heavy rains pounded Nairobi, Kenya, in May of this year, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Some families were rendered homeless while others lost their belongings. As they waited for the rains to stop, the corridors of a nearby school became their home once dusk fell.

Unfortunately, families served by Unbound in the small village of Rongai were among those affected.

“I would walk by what I used to call home and I could feel my knees get weak,” Jane, a mother of a child sponsored through Unbound, said. “I lost household belongings that I had worked so hard to buy.”

When I visited the families in the wake of the flooding in May, my heart went out to them. It was overwhelming to walk in the flooded corridors, seeing the belongings strewn all over the place, and seeing the look in the eyes of those affected. When natural disasters affect the families we serve, Unbound steps in to help.

With the loss of household furniture, books, school uniforms for the children, bedding and so much more, families received support in their recovery. Unbound helps families recover from natural disasters through donations designated for Disaster Response.

Families impacted by floods gather at an Unbound office in Nairobi to receive assistance based on their stated needs.

Families impacted by floods gather at an Unbound office in Nairobi to receive assistance based on their stated needs.

The local Unbound office was abuzz with activity on a recent Friday as mothers gathered to receive replacements for some of the items they lost in the floods. With big smiles on their faces, the mothers collected the items they had requested.

“I am so happy today. It has been a difficult two months for me. My children and I had to stay at my sister’s place as I tried to figure things out,” said Veronica, whose daughter Rosemary is sponsored through Unbound. “Now, I have received books that [my children] needed, beddings, a bed and house rent to pay for my new home.”

For Caroline Kiongera, Unbound’s coordinator in the community impacted by the flooding, visiting families in the immediate aftermath of the disaster “was one of the hardest times for me as a staff member.” Seeing them on their way to recover was gratifying.

“The facial expressions of the parents were more than words could say,” Caroline said. “One of the mothers, balancing tears in her eyes, told me that finally her children can sleep warmly.”

The simplest of gestures done with great love often occupy the most space in our hearts. A little love and concern can change a life.

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One thought on “Helping families impacted by floods”

  1. Thank you Regina for this story, honestly I had not heard about the flooding until I read your blog. It is very sad that this should happen to these good people, and yet inspiring to hear how Unbound was able to help these families to get back on their feet. We hope the recovery there continues, our prayers will be with these people.

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