SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Five Harambee Stars players have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with donations in their native country Kenya. These include national team captain Victor Wanyama, Johannah Omolo, Michael Olunga Ogada, Erick Ouma and Francis Kahata Nyambura.
Wanyama, who plays for Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer (MLS), partnered with the Kenya Red Cross to offer assistance to the people of Mathare slums in the capital city Nairobi.
Through his Victor Wanyama Foundation, the former Spurs anchorman donated foodstuff, hand wash and sanitizers to the people in the slums to help them maintain hygiene.
“It is our role as footballers to play an active role in ensuring our people are okay during these difficult times. We know that the effects of the virus have had an adverse effect on their daily earnings and we need to cushion them until all this is over,” Wanyama told CAFOnline.com
"Many thanks to @gina_din @africayoga and @KenyaRedCross edcrosske who today have partnered with Victor Wanyama foundation to donate hygiene packages to the Billian Family Centre in Mathare. Together we will fight coronavirus!#KomeshaCorona #Staysafe #stayhome #COVID19" pic.twitter.com/yUzgsxBaJV
— Victor Wanyama Foundation (@VictorWanyamaF) March 27, 2020
Midfielder Johannah Omolo bought foodstuffs for the people of the Dandora Slum where he grew up, through his Johannah Omolo foundation.
Swedish based defender Erick Ouma also extended support in the trying moment by offering sanitary towels and sanitizers to several girls’ teams in Kibera.
I will donate pads to 100 girls starting from May pic.twitter.com/aekgifCCrD
— Erick Marcelo Ouma (@marcelo_ouma) March 22, 2020
Japan-based striker Michael Olunga bought handwash and sanitizers for the business community around Baba Dogo and Kasabun areas where he grew up in the outskirts of Nairobi.
It was my pleasure to lend a hand towards preventing the spread of COVID -19 by donating sanitizers and hand washes to small business owners,church, carwash ,children home and a few household across , Lucky Summer, BabaDogo, Kasabuni, Kariadudu, Riverside and Glucola Estates. pic.twitter.com/bx8RFMOz52
— MICHAEL OLUNGA (@OgadaOlunga) April 2, 2020
Simba SC midfielder Francis Kahata donated 10,000 litres of water to the people of Mathare slums to help them observe high levels of hygiene.
“I talked to some of my friends who live there and asked what their most immediate need was. In the slum, one of the biggest problems is water and if we are to keep our sanitation levels high, the most important thing is water. I partnered with one of the youth groups there and we filled up all their tanks,” said Kahata via CAFOffline.com
As of April 7th, Kenya has so far registered 172 positive cases of the coronavirus and six deaths.
Over one million coronavirus cases have been recorded world over. The global pandemic has claimed over 80,000 lives.