Chinese charity organization Sino-Africa Firefly Charity on Tuesday donated food stuffs, sanitary towels and diapers worth over 1,300 U.S. dollars to victims of a fire in Kenya largest slum, Kibera.
Sino-Africa Firefly Charity Founder Professor Lei Wang said in Nairobi that the donations are aimed at alleviating the suffering of the residents who were left homeless as a result of the fire that affected more than 100 households in the informal settlement.
“The assistance by Sino-Africa Firefly Charity is part of our commitment to help improve the lives of Kibera residents,” Lei said during a tour of the site of the fire in Kibera slums.
The aid is the fourth donation that the charitable organization has extended to the people of Kibera.
The Chinese organization has so far donated over 8,000 dollars to the Kibera slum.
Sino-Africa Firefly Charity was created as a platform for Chinese donors to donate directly to the less fortunate members of society.
The donation to the fire survivors was made possible through the contributions from Chinese consumer goods manufacturer Global Good Trust (GGT) that currently has operations in 16 African countries.
GGT Marketing Director Kunhu Yang said that his company is committed to improving the quality of life for Africans and especially women and children.
Yang reiterated that everyone is equal, no matter where he or she was born.
“So children in Kibera have hope to grow up happily, receive good education and achieve their goals,” he added.
One of the beneficiaries of the Chinese assistance was Everylne Adege, who used to operate a small food kiosk before it was completely destroyed by the fire.
Adege, who is a mother of four children told Xinhua that the Chinese donation will help her meet the daily needs of her household as she plans how to rebuild her life again.
“I am very grateful to the Chinese whose help comes at a critical time of need,” she said.
Another victim of the fire who received Chinese aid was Catherine Ndunge who has lived in the informal settlement over the past five years.
The mother of three children, who currently lives with relatives said that the morning fire that reduced her house to ashes has completely disorientated her life.
“The Chinese assistance will help feed my family as I find a new house,” Ndunge said.