November 28, 2014

Grandmother to kids being taken care of by a dog in Dagoretti appeals for help

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button print grnw20 Grandmother to kids being taken care of by a dog in Dagoretti appeals for help

By ANTONY KARANJA in DALLAS, TX

Last week we posted a story of the two school children that were being taken care of by a dog. The kids are from Kirigu Village in Dagoretti and they are 7 year old David Mbogo and 6 year old Mary Wanjiku, and the helper dog is Oscar.

The kids mother is a drug addict and is a heavy chang’aa consumer. The kids live with their grandmother and they also have a special friend “Oscar” the dog. The kids are never out of the dog’s sight. He is their “protector” and is always standing up for the kids.

The dog takes them to school, waits around the school compound, and takes them back home after classes.

The story also told of a life of ravaging though dump sites in Dagoretti for food. The kids grandmother Susan Wanjiku sells cabbages in Kibera and earns about Sh200 ($3) a day.

Jambonewspot.com was able to get hold of the kids grandmother and she had a story of misery to tell.

She told Jambonewspot.com that her biggest need is housing. She said she is having trouble housing her seven grandkids in the little makeshift house they call home.

“Every time it rains, sewerage water flows through the house and I am afraid for the kids,” she said. “I pray to God that we can get a better dwelling for the kids and that is our greatest need.

Five of her grand kids were born to her drug-addicted daughter while two of her grand children were left behind by her other daughter who passed away sometime back.

She says that over the last couple of days it has been really cold and she has not been able to get the kids warm clothing. She was however receiving a few things here and there for the kids from well wishers. She also says she needs food for the kids. She is  in need of basic stuff like salt, sugar, tea leaves, milk, flour. She also needs warm clothing for the kids.

She also has to pay school fees for Mbogo and Wanjiku at Sh 2,400 ($30)per school term for both of them. Mbogo and Wanjiku failed to report to class 1 on time and they had to remain in nursery school since it was past the deadline to join the class.

One of her grandchildren-Kevin Nduati sat for KCPE last year and is still at home. Kevin hopes to do a course in electrical engineering or welding, according to the kids grandmother.

She told Jambonewspot.com that she is in urgent need of food be it unga, Sugar, Salt and also tea leaves so she can make chai for the kids to stay warm in the biting cold.

She has also expressed gratitude for all the phone calls she has been receiving from Kenya and many parts of the world. She hopes that well wishers will come through for her and the little children.

For those who would like to help out, you can MPESA your contributions to Grandma’s number which  is 0713-666885.

If you want to help pay school fees for the kids, you can also reach their class teacher Mrs Kinyanjui at 0720-568878.

RELATED STORY: Dog takes care of two Kenyan children abandoned by their mother

UPDATE:

If you are in the US and would like to help, you can send some cash to the grandma using MPESA. In the US it is offered through Western Union and is a mobile banking platform in Kenya. You can either use Western Union online or walk into a Western Union point which is available in many US stores. Western Union should be able to guide you. The process is..

First select country where the payee resides……….and follow the rest of the prompts

Country: Kenya
Amount: $…..
“Money in Minutes”.
Pay w/ Credit Card.
Payout to “Receiver’s Mobile Wallet”.
Receiver’s First Name: Susan.
Receiver’s Last Name: WANJIKU.
Receiver’s Mobile Number (Kenya’s country code -254- will automatically populate): 713-666885. (Note: Leave out the “0” at the beginning of the grandma’s phone number)

Comments
31 Responses to “Grandmother to kids being taken care of by a dog in Dagoretti appeals for help”
  1. How can we help this Grandma (didn't see her name), the kids, and the dog too? I don't know how to MPESA a contribution. How much does a small house cost?
    Thank you.

  2. Justyn Cruz says:

    Yes I would also like to donate I don't have much money but I could pay for the kids school because education is the only way those kids will get out of the situation.

  3. How can we help them? Is there a web site set up for them? Like Shaanon, I don't know what MPESA is?

  4. Sasha Gillis says:

    I agree with both of the posters above. This story touched my heart and I would love to send money but I don't know how. I have never heard of MPESA either. I looked it up online but it seems kind of risky to me. If anyone knows how we can sign up for this service or send donations directly to the family please share!

  5. Neither of the phone numbers works…there must be an area code or international code missing? If anyone knows anything on how to get ahold of either party listed, please advise.

  6. Shaanon – grandmother's name is Susan Wanjiku.

  7. QueenBri says:

    Those are not phone numbers, they are money transfer numbers thru a service call MPESA. I’m trying to find out more, specifically how to use the service, but am not having much luck :(

  8. April Hu says:

    Let me know how we can donate to their cause :)

  9. April Hu says:

    M-Pesa (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money) is a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service for Safaricom and Vodacom, the largest mobile network operators in Kenya and Tanzania.[1] Currently the most developed mobile payment system in the world, M-Pesa allows users with a national ID card or passport to deposit, withdraw, and transfer money easily with a mobile device.[

  10. April Hu says:

    Google international country code for Kenya and add it AFTER a "+" symbol. Then try dialing the number.

  11. Karim Martin says:

    those arent phone numbers, its is a code so you can wire money using MPESA something similar to moneygram…doesn't seem reliable since you have to do if from your cellphone.

  12. Cas says:

    you can send money through western union to MPESA accounts. MPESA is a widely used mobile banking system in Kenya through safaricom (one of the major cell providers in Kenya).

  13. QueenBri says:

    @Cas I just tried.. no dice :(

  14. QueenBri says:

    Ok, got it! Online, thru Western Union select the following options:

    Country: Kenya
    Amount: $…..
    “Money in Minutes”
    Pay w/ Credit Card
    Payout to “Receiver’s Mobile Wallet”
    Receiver’s First Name: Susan
    Receiver’s Last Name: WANJIKU
    Receiver’s Mobile Number (Kenya’s country code -254- will automatically populate): 713-666885.

    PS: the article shows a 0 in front of the number (0713-666885), you have to take the zero out or it won’t work.
    I hope this helps.

  15. Jess Niven-Kohring says:

    Is there a way to set up a fund for them through a local non-profit or a bank? I would love to donate as well to get the whole family into a safer and more secure living environment.

  16. catfish20 says:

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions, it was so easy to do. Please pass this on, it is our duty to help others in need.

  17. nyrebel says:

    How do we know this is safe and the money truly gets to the family? How do we know it will be used to take care of the children? I think there needs to be something better set up for them. Something that will ensure our money is not misused.

  18. Look below for instructions on how to donate. Can be done through Western Union, and it was very easy. It's our privilege and duty to help out others!

  19. QueenBri • an hour ago −.

    Ok, got it! Online, thru Western Union select the following options:

    Country: Kenya
    Amount: $…..
    "Money in Minutes".
    Pay w/ Credit Card.
    Payout to "Receiver's Mobile Wallet".
    Receiver's First Name: Susan.
    Receiver's Last Name: WANJIKU.
    Receiver's Mobile Number (Kenya's country code -254- will automatically populate): 713-666885.

    PS: the article shows a 0 in front of the number (0713-666885), you have to take the zero out or it won't work.
    I hope this helps.

  20. Mike LaPan says:

    Posted from below comment:

    Ok, got it! Online, thru Western Union select the following options:

    Country: Kenya
    Amount: $…..
    "Money in Minutes".
    Pay w/ Credit Card.
    Payout to "Receiver's Mobile Wallet".
    Receiver's First Name: Susan.
    Receiver's Last Name: WANJIKU.
    Receiver's Mobile Number (Kenya's country code -254- will automatically populate): 713-666885.

    PS: the article shows a 0 in front of the number (0713-666885), you have to take the zero out or it won't work.

    I hope this helps.

  21. squiz says:

    when you figure out an easy way to make donations let me know, i’ll check back later. thanks

  22. I think one way to pursue this is to work with a local non-profit who can facilitate receiving the donations for Ms. Wanjiku and helping her obtain things from food to, even, a home. I am contacting the reporter, Anthony Karanja in Dallas to get the exact location of Ms. Wanjiku and then will find out from friends in international development the best organization to work with to reach her family (and the dog). I'll keep you all posted.

  23. Hello guys. Thank you all for your efforts to help the grandma. I noted that most of the posters are not aware of MPESA. This is very secure. In the US it is offered through Western Union and is a mobile banking platform in Kenya. You can either use Western Union online or walk into a Western Union point which is available in many US stores. Western Union should be able to guide you. As Mike below had posted, the process is..

    Country: Kenya
    Amount: $…..
    "Money in Minutes".
    Pay w/ Credit Card.
    Payout to "Receiver's Mobile Wallet".
    Receiver's First Name: Susan.
    Receiver's Last Name: WANJIKU.
    Receiver's Mobile Number (Kenya's country code -254- will automatically populate): 713-666885.

    PS: the article shows a 0 in front of the number (0713-666885), you have to take the zero out or it won't work.

  24. doglover says:

    I just dontated and you have to take the dash in the mobile number out for it to work too.

  25. Becky Mung'oma says:

    True story? or a con game?

  26. Nancy Hayden says:

    I would like to buy some dog food to Oscar the dog how do I send dog ? any know please advise.
    Thanks
    The Hayden’s

  27. Nancy Hayden says:

    How do I send Dog Food to Oscar the dog. He does so much for the Kids.
    Thanks
    The Hayden

  28. Essie Ron Mresh says:

    I agree with you Shaanon.

  29. Essie Ron Mresh says:

    Just Google or visit your bank for more information,hope this helps.

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