In 2021, Optiven Foundation in partnership with renowned journalist Lynn Ngugi in line with the Poverty Alleviation and Health and Dignity pillar, came together for an initiative to support the less fortunate. The campaign dubbed “Badilisha Life na Optiven” was aimed at improving the living standards of those living in poverty and the winner, Mama Leshao got to receive a property worth sh. 1.5 million shillings at Optiven’s gold project Garden of Joy.
Fast forward to 26th July 2023 and the journey finally reached its climax. George Wachiuri, together with the Director for Strategy and Operations Mary Wacuka and the Optiven Foundation coordinator were present during the special event as they officially handed over the keys to a fully furnished home.
George Wachiuri in his capacity as the trustee of the Foundation, took time to express the importance of hope in the midst of difficulty and thanked all those who made this possible. “To the Optiven Foundation, our partners and the volunteers who worked on this project, your generosity made a real difference in Leshao’s life and to Mama Leshao, your resilience and patience made you a home owner“
Mama Leshao is a single mother of three from Mai Mahiu, rift valley who has been living in abject poverty. She faced many challenges including homelessness, health conditions and food insecurity which forced her to sell groceries to sustain her family.
She is a humble lady who expressed her gratitude to the Optiven Foundation and everyone who made this a reality. “I am extremely grateful for this house and I cannot wait for a new journey with my children in this safe and secure home, she said.”
The house sitting at the heart of Garden of Joy by Optiven was handed over fully furnished including a living room, a dining area, a kitchen, 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a garden space to encourage urban farming. The project is located along Kagundo rd, Machakos county in a secure neighborhood with access to hospitals, schools and other social amenities.
At the end of the day, the process to Mama Leshao’s home ownership was a special and joyous occasion echoing the importance of coming together to achieve a common goal.
Thank you to Mama Leshao and all the supporters for making this possible.
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