Galgallo, who also lives in Marsabit County, reflects how the community would help each other in times of need before the pandemic. “The community I come from, the Gabra, are a generous community. Even visitors were so welcomed and given food if they lacked it but all that is no longer possible. We used to help each other in times of needs through Harambees (communal fundraising) for the needy.”
In an uplifting moment, Maureen, the Manager of Concern’s Governance Programme in Nairobi, tells us how, despite the circumstances, her community recently came together and managed to fundraise for the medical bills of local families whose loved ones were being treated for Covid.
“On the positive side,” Maureen adds, “the pandemic has allowed me and my family to bond at a level that was not possible before, since everyone was busy with work and school-related stuff. We have gotten closer as a family during this time.”
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