A family of nine at Kasuku trading centre in Nyandarua can breathe a sigh of relief after police officers drawn from area Police station stepped in and paid their rent for three months.
Elizabeth Kamene and her eight children also received beds, blankets, and other household items as well as foodstuffs from the officers who answered her plea for help.
“I have suffered for about 10 years, going for days without food and the children have no clothing and beddings. The two girls in Form One rely on government free education and well-wishers to survive because what I get from casual work is not enough to provide a meal a day,” cried Kamene.
Their two-roomed rented timber house has huge gaps on the walls and can easily pass for a potato store.
Were it not for the directive to seek accommodation outside police lines, the officers would not have known about the family, said the Officer Commanding Kasuku Police Station Cleopas Juma.
“Officers came together and mobilized resources from among themselves as well as the community to provide for Ms. Kamene and her children.
“The officers are parents just like their neighbours and they could not watch the children suffer. We are human,” said Juma, lauding the cooperation between the community and the officers that had also worked to curb crime.
The officers also bought them school uniforms, sanitary towels, cooking utensils as well as firewood, which Juma said was a way of paying back as they depended on tax for income.
“I have never witnessed this kindness before. The officers are respectful and visit us in our homes. We no longer have drunkards and drug addicts in this area because the officers have embraced the community,” said Grace Nyambura, who neighbours the police station.