Some of the well-heeled Kenyans seen driving top of the range fuel guzzlers on our highways made their “wealth” fronting bogus NGO’s
Each year Kenyan NGO’s receive thousands of dollars from foreign donors purportedly to help provide a livelihood to the poorest of the poor, in Nairobi’s densely populated slums. Weeks of intensive undercover research by The Weekly Vision Investigative team in Kibera, Korogocho, Mathare, and Soweto, established that “charity” NGOs make a kill by using images of impoverished Kenyans living in sub-standard structures.
Most donors are said to react with great alarm at people living in substandard shanties lacking all basic amenities, and others drowning in illicit liquor. Reports of slum dwellers dying from hunger we established are rarely reported but are on the increase. The “poorest of the poor” earn less than half a dollar Ksh. 50 a day and prefer to drink on an empty stomach to “drown their frustrations.”
Some of the well-heeled Kenyans seen driving top of the range fuel guzzlers on our highways made their “wealth” fronting bogus NGO’s of how life in slums is. They write proposals to donors and in return receive thousands if not millions of dollars. Some of the “charity” NGO’s often stage free clinics or give out food with everything being captured on camera to be used abroad to solicit cash.
The leader of one of the briefcase NGO’s, Mr Omuhobero laments the outbreak of Covid-19 and the lock-downs that followed since March 2020 which adversely affected his missions abroad for Kenya’s “poorest of the poor”
According to the leader a “briefcase” NGO based in Nairobi that also operates as a church and who claims to be an international evangelist, every time he flies to the USA, he presents graphic photos of people living without running water, toilets, drainage or open sewers to entice donors, at the end of it all, he collects a “special offering” which usually amounts to hundreds of dollars.
The leader of the said briefcase NGO, Mr Omuhobero laments the outbreak of Covid-19 and the lock-downs that followed since March 2020 which adversely affected his missions abroad for Kenya’s “poorest of the poor.”
We established that the poor in the slums can expect little to change since their poverty and squalor is what is enriching briefcase NGOs that don’t even bother to register or declare annual returns as they lack formal structures of operation.
HAKI Africa, Muhuri, Kenya Human Rights and other civic bodies have warned against cheats targeting the poor who “must live in wanton squalor” for them to become rich. The Centre for Law and Community Development national coordinator Hezekiah Abuya has warned the ‘bogus cheats” to stop ruining the reputation of those who mean well for marginalized groups. “It is wrong to take pictures of disabled hawkers and beggars or Albinos and make millions by getting rich at expense of the disabled,” said Abuya.
Abuya is supported by People against Torture Joseph Kangethe who said slum dwellers have been marginalized for decades and only become relevant during elections. He said with the 2022 elections coming up several crafty operators will start wooing slum dwellers for personal gain.
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