Kisii Governor Simba Arati Starts a Programme of Building Houses For Needy Families Using His Own Money and Wellwishers

Kisii County Governor Simba Arati has launched two key programs in his new administration to address gaps in the socio-economic spheres of his county citizens.

The governor has created the ‘Simba Education Fund’ and the ‘Simba Shelter Program’, focusing on assisting needy families in Kisii to meet their goals and basic needs.

The education fund is a pool of financial resources from self and well-wishers the governor intends to commit for the benefit of students who face obstacles in completing higher education.

In addition, the ‘Simba Shelter Program’ will focus on building decent and livable houses for the poor in Kisii to find a roof over their heads.

Mr Arati announced these programs following a story highlighted in the Nation.Africa last week, where a needy but bright student could not join university because of lack of school fees.

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Governor Arati launches new programs to assist needy Kisii families
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Jane Ndemo is handed a cheque by officials from Simba Education Fund.
Jane Ndemo is handed a cheque by officials from Simba Education Fund at their home in Marani, Kisii on September 10, 2022. Ndemo, a Tom Mboya University student is among the beneficiaries of the fund that assists students from vulnerable families through high school and university. Photo credit: Ondari Ogega | Nation Media Group

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By Ruth Mbula
What you need to know:
The governor has created the ‘Simba Education Fund’ and the ‘Simba Shelter Program’, focusing on assisting needy families.
The education fund is a pool of financial resources from self and well-wishers the governor intends to commit for the benefit of students who face obstacles in completing higher education.
The ‘Simba Shelter Program’ will focus on building decent and livable houses for the poor in Kisii to find a roof over their heads.

Kisii County Governor Simba Arati has launched two key programs in his new administration to address gaps in the socio-economic spheres of his county citizens.

The governor has created the ‘Simba Education Fund’ and the ‘Simba Shelter Program’, focusing on assisting needy families in Kisii to meet their goals and basic needs.

The education fund is a pool of financial resources from self and well-wishers the governor intends to commit for the benefit of students who face obstacles in completing higher education.

In addition, the ‘Simba Shelter Program’ will focus on building decent and livable houses for the poor in Kisii to find a roof over their heads.

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Mr Arati announced these programs following a story highlighted in the Nation.Africa last week, where a needy but bright student could not join university because of lack of school fees.

Mr Arati responded to the needy student’s plight and paid off her university fees.

Speaking in his office, Mr Arati pointed out that the story of the young lady trekking for over 30 kilometres was a concern to his family.

“We resolved to help the student complete her studies as a first step to enable her to help the rest of her family members upon completing her studies,” said Mr Arati after members of his team visited the needy girl’s family in Marani.

The girl used to trek over 30 kilometres to and from Marani to Kisii town seeking for help. On one of her trips, the needy girl visited the Nation Media Group office in Kisii town and narrated her ordeals.

Jane Ndemo, 19, says she did her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) this year and managed a C+ which saw her get an opportunity at Tom Mboya University.

At the time, she said if she does not seek help, she may be forced to defer her education to a time when a well-wisher will come to her aid.

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“We need at least Sh 53, 000 for me to report to school on September 5,” she noted.

She said they have been raised by their father, Daniel Ndemo Asuma, who pushes a handcart and sells water for Mamboleo residents in Kisumu County. Their father separated from her mother when they were young.

Mr Arati through his education fund paid Sh 85, 000 for fees, Sh 20,000 for school shopping and gave out other foodstuffs.

Two other well-wishers who have sought anonymity paid for the needy girl’s school fees enough for almost two semesters.

In the Simba Shelter Program, the governor plans to generate funding to help widows and other families living in deplorable conditions across the county get a decent roof over their heads.

Already, 300 houses have been constructed since the program started in 2018.

On Friday, Mr Arati’s team visited a widow in Marani and promised to construct her a decent house, providing her with foodstuff and some money for upkeep.

The team also paid University fees for another needy girl at Igorera in Bomachoge.

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