Everything has changed in the face of the pandemic
During these difficult times, the Kenyan Diaspora is joining hands to help in the fight against the pandemic and to respond to the challenge in a variety of ways as we uphold our unique culture of Harambee.
Many Kenyans are directly involved as frontline workers – doctors, nurses and caregivers, while others are volunteering in every way they can to make a difference to their communities.
In this article, we share stories of some of the inspiring stories of the amazing work that the Kenyan Diaspora is doing throughout the United Kingdom. Through this article, we want to acknowledge and appreciate them and all that they are doing. We hope that these stories will encourage you and remind you of the strength we have as a community.
DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO FRONTLINE WORKERS
Rahul Velji Vekeria, a youngster from Mombasa and a businessman in London, has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by setting up a food distribution program operating from his warehouse and offices. Together with other youngsters, he procures, packs and distributes food to NHS staff and other frontline workers.
Vinod Halai, also from Mombasa and MD of Euroken, is leading a major food distribution from Euroken’s Willesden branch (TPN North London office), to NHS, homeless kitchens, old people, etc,. Euroken’s efforts are supported by SKLPC, and Nairobi raised Temple Chairman Kurji Kerai. Whereby, the Willesden Temple distributes approximately 18 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables daily to numerous charities including MENCAP – Watford, St Luke’s Hospice – Kenton, VHP Mandir – Ilford and Food For All - Haringey Council.
The pictures below show the amazing work they are doing and the smiles they are putting on people’s faces.
As the COVID-19 pandemic passes from one continent to the other, affecting all, and rapidly changing the way we live our lives, communities and individuals have risen and each in their own unique way helped to ease the toll. Encouraging stories of the Kenyan community in the UK have emerged and this platform aims to be a portal where these stories can be shared.
Dr Sarah Onyango