Kenyans in Houston launch Hurricane Harvey relief drive, announce drop off points

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As Houston attempts to return to normalcy after the devastating ravages of Hurricane Harvey, there has been outpouring of love and overwhelming solicitations from our community members and well wishers to help survivors in any capacity.

Several avenues have been created for volunteering services, as well as donations of both funds and merchandise. We reach out to you, and your friends to stand in solidarity with the survivors as they pick up their lives. You may do so via:

Cashapp: $harveyfunds254

Gofundme:
https://www.gofundme.com/kenyans-for-harvey

Merchandise drop off locations:

🔹Alta Umoja Church-SWest near Westpark

🔹Faith City Church-Katy

🔹Nations of Praise Church at Eldridge

If you have been Affected Fill out the form below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfRv9tODt4v2eX0EST9nLiDWJ8il36-ct6SarXTSTQCOqNWQ/viewform

Volunteer services: Please fill the form in the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSf5aWSC1GD10tH4RcJ99vAksuWJxn3Jqp9aA_1FiJUsk__w/viewform

Your cash donations are being channeled through Lantel Foundation, a non-profit entity. Your donations are tax deductible.

Lantel Systems, LLC pledges to match donations made through Saturday Sept. 2, to the tune of $2,000.00.

Thank you for being a true brother’s and sister’s keeper. May you remain highly favored.

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At least two dozen Kenyans in the Houston, Texas, area were forced from their homes or suffered property damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey, local community leaders said on Friday.

In response, churches and civic organisations with Kenyan members are conducting a fundraising drive.

“The journey to recovery will be long, but with your help we hope to make it less painful to those affected by Harvey,” a website (https://www.gofundme.com/kenyans-for-harvey) associated with the initiative says.

“This is about brother supporting brothers, neighbours supporting neighbours and most important strangers supporting strangers.”

DAMAGE
Nearly 50 Texas residents are known to have died in the aftermath of the massive storm that broke the record for the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on the US mainland.

Leaders of the Houston Harambee operation say they have received no reports of Kenyans physically harmed by Harvey.

“We do know of 26 families affected,” Brenda Beekay, an accountant at a Houston oil and gas company who is active in the local Kenyan community, said.

“Seven or eight have lost all their belongings,” she added. “A majority have had housing damage.”

HELP
Ms Beekay said she was “affected not at all” by the hurricane because her home is on high ground.

Many roads in the area remain impassable, which is making it difficult for some Houstonians in need of assistance to reach relief centres, Ms Beekay noted.

Kenyans displaced by the storm are being taken in by other Kenyans in unaffected parts of Texas, Dan Mugubi, a psychology professor at the University of Houston, added.

“I’ve lived in Houston for 16 years and have never been through anything like this,” Mr Mugubi told the Nation. “It’s a complete nightmare.”

DONATIONS
Those engaged in the local relief efforts are seeking assistance from the Kenyan embassy in Washington but have so far gotten no response to their requests, Ms Beekay said.

An official at the embassy did not return messages from the Nation concerning the hurricane’s impact on Kenyans.

The embassy’s website contains no information related to the storm.

Money raised through the “gofundme” campaign for Kenyan hurricane victims so far totals $340 (Sh35,000) toward a goal of $10,000.

Donations are being channelled through the Lantel Foundation, a Texas-registered charity headed by Houston Kenyan activist Bernard Wambugu.

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