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Organic garden in heart of Kibera keeps residents nourished

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By MARGARET W. MAINA

Kibera is one of the world’s largest slums, with over a million people and one third of Nairobi’s population. With extremely crowded conditions, little sanitation, and an unemployment rate at fifty per-cents, residents of Kibera face not only abject poverty but also a large number of social ills, including drugs, alcoholism, rape, AIDS, water-borne diseases, more especially with the Covid-19 pandemic

However, the majority of Kibera’s residents are just trying to live as well as possible under daunting circumstances. Proving that optimism and entrepreneurship are very much alive there.

Victor Edalia, 30 is the co-founder and vision bearer of Kibera Organic Gardens which started in November 2019 and to date he has engaged other youths to a team of Eight.

“As a group of young people, we saw the need to reclaim illegal dumping sites that had become toxic to our environment. Our aim being making Kibra slum beautiful by turning it green and at the same time needy families benefiting from our project,” he says.

FEEDING NEEDY FAMILIES

He has been offering free weekly supplies of vegetables to at least ten needy families in the densely populated Kibera slums. These include spinach and kales among other purely organic vegetables.

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“I saw needy families get food donations from well-wishers, mostly comprising of dry foods but without any vegetables. After talking to some of my neighbours and conducting a mapping exercise, I saw that I need to go beyond just farming as a business venture,” he says.

Edalia then thought it was best to also go out of his way to give back especially during this pandemic times, which was a big step for him as he had initially started the venture for commercial purposes.

The engagement is now unique in both its approach and results. The intervention is now focusing on needy families that include single mothers, struggling families and youths who also lost their jobs during the pandemic.

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“I have no job and my biggest challenge is purchasing the spiral gadgets that we use for planning to economise on space. I have to dig into my pockets for that and also buying water to water the vegetables. Sometimes we get help from well-wishers who visit’ the garden.”

Jackline Achieng, 31 has greatly benefited from Edalia’s garden as she gets free and fresh vegetables thrice a week.

Ms Achieng lost her job as electronic sales assistant after the pandemic hit the country. She lost her father and her mother moved back to village leaving her with two of her siblings whom she has been taking care of before she lost her job.

“I am sickly, fighting sickle cell and my immunity is very low, so also I avoid exposing myself more so with this pandemic. Though I do millennial jobs to fend for my family, Victor came to my rescue and because of him I get vegetable supplies,” she says.

 Edalia, who was born and bred in Kibera, says he has always had the passion to venture into large scale farming, though in slums like Kibera, the greatest challenge is space.

But how does anyone turn a garbage dump into an organic farm? It started with the removal of the garbage.

Edalia first identified a spot that was being used as a dumping site. They then reached out to the local administration officer whom after listening to the idea, visited the spot, and gave them a go-ahead to undertake their venture.

Thereafter work began by first clearing litter for about two weeks. They say the tons of garbage filled two lorries.  

It was not easy during the exercise as they also had to keep watch up to late night and advise members of the public not to dump in the same spot anymore as they intended to make use of it which took a lot of convincing.

“We do hydroponic farming for now with hope that in the near future we will expand and go commercial,” he says.

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Lilian Muli threatens to expose female stalker giving her sleepless nights!

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Lilian Muli has been having a tough time thanks to her stalker that continues to appear everywhere she goes.

About a week ago, the mother of 2 revealed that some unknown person has taken a photo of her car; and as far as she was concerned the photo was to be used to portray her in a negative way.

Even with the post, the same stalker continues to trail Lilian Muli; and who now the news anchor seems quite worried as she has no idea what the stalker wants from her. It is not clear whether the person being sent the videos is a friend of Muli or the husband; but all we know is that Lilian has been restless since she learnt about her stalker.

In a detailed post shared by Ms Muli, she went on to narrate her story; probably hoping that if anything happened to her, then the police would know where to start.

Lilian Muli throws shade at stalker

Hello instafam. I would like to get your opinion on something. I am seeking the opinion of a public court. Last week I told you guys about someone that took a video of my car while I was having a meal at one of my favorite restaurants and then proceeded to send it to someone close to me. She was alluding to the fact that I was doing something wrong. I am still trying to figure out whether it is wrong to eat.

Female stalker

Thanks to the post we also learn that the stalker is actually female; which shows why Ms Muli seems quite tensed up. However, on her post Ms Muli went on to seek the advice from her followers on whether to expose the lady. The anchor wrote;

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Bubbly TV girl, Lilian Muli

Yesterday the same woman happened to spot my car again took a video and sent it to the very same person again. Still with malicious intent. Now don’t get me wrong what people do with their phones is their business however is it right for someone to infringe on my personal privacy in this way? Isn’t this criminal? I would also like to expose the person here because this is the second time they are doing this and I am extremely offended. I also would not like this person to continue doing this to innocent people. Share your thoughts. Nimsongeshe mbele ama? I am seriously very disturbed.


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“Mend your relationships with your baby daddies!” Zari Hassan mocks bitter baby mamas

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Zari Hassan recently left many assuming that her new a Bentley was a gift from her baby daddy, Diamond Platnumz. This is after she went on to thank the Tz singer for the top up, a statement that brought nothing but confusion.

With the new car, it was evident that Zari had managed to make her back to the Tandale empire; right after Miss Tanasha Donna walked out leaving behind the Prado her baby Daddy had purchased for her on her birthday.

Gossip tabloids have since been reporting the possibility of the star getting back with Zari; but thanks to a live session done by mama Tee, turns out that the Bentley was never bought by Diamond Platnumz – but herself.

We are not sure why she went back on her story; yet it was clear to see that the ‘Top Up’ meant the Bentley; mostly since her cars are normally rentals!

Zari gifted with a brand new Bentley

Make peace with your baby daddy

On her IG live, Zari went on to tell off everyone hating on her to make peace with their baby daddies; and probably they would get the same – that is if they can afford. The mother of 5 said;

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Co-parents, Zari Hassan and Diamond Platnumz

Asante Baba Tee (Tiffah for the Top Up. Ikikuhusu/to whom it may concern. Mambo ya top imeleta balaa. Top up ni mchango. Sio ati kanilipia zote ama kaninunulia. It’s a contribution/ mchango. Kwani kuna ubaya gani? Mnatokwa makamusi yanin? Luga ndo tatizo, ama akili zenu ndogo. Isiumizwe na maisha ya mtu. We all have 24hours, use them wisely or mend your baby daddy relationships uhongwe at aka vitz,”


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Mediamax Seals One Floor After Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Mediamax, the media stable owned by the Kenyatta Family on Thursday locked down the third floor at DSM Place, the company’s headquarters for fumigation after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

In a memo to all employees, Acting Chief Executive Ken Ngaruiya revealed that the unidentified employee works in the Finance Department. Ngaruiya revealed that the employee showed mild symptoms of the disease before being taken in for treatment.

Ngaruiya stated that all employees who worked with the patient have been advised to self isolate for 14 days while contact tracing to track down all persons who came into contact with the patient has began.

“Please be informed that one employee in the Finance Department has tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The employee has already self-isolated in accordance with home-based care guidelines,” the memo dated July 12 read.

Conversely, the company has started making plans to facilitate its employees to work in shifts after projecting that it might not be feasible to maintain normal working procedures due to the need to maintain social distancing.

The company has also enlisted the services of a medical services provider tasked with handling all matters COVID-19 including medication and guidance regarding quarantine.

By the same token, the media house has tightened the belt on movement in and out of DSM Place to protect its other employees from contracting the virus.

“At this point in time our priority is to make sure that your wellbeing is taken care of. We encourage you that you be positive and calm as it has a bearing on your immunity. Lets work together to make sure that we contain COVID-19 the best way we can,” Ngaruiya wrote in the memo.

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Mediamax, Coronavirus

The development at Mediamax comes at a day when Kenya reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that Kenya’s virus cases stand at 10,294 with 2,496 recoveries.

Twelve more people have died bringing the total number of fatalities to 197.

Meanwhile the number of cases are expected to keep rising after the lifting of inter-county movement restrictions.

See Also>>>> Broke Mediamax Offers Employees Outrageous Payment Plan

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