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MUM STORIES: My employer saved my life

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The societal reflection about many employers, especially in white collar jobs, is that they will seek advances to gain a more personal relationship besides the work relationship they have with their employees.

Often this leads to discrimination, harassment or even individual frustration which leads to an individual losing their job.

But this is not always the case, as employers can also develop a very close relationship with their employees.

In the case of Winrose Wanza, her employer changed her life when it hit rock bottom.

Speaking to a Nation reporter, she narrates her story of how she hit rock bottom after moving to Kangemi, Nyeri County. She has been living with her family in Nyeri since 2014.

Despite moving across different towns with her family looking for a place to settle, marriage eventually brought her to settle down in Nyeri.

Luckily, she secured a job as a laboratory technician at a local clinic, though it was not long lasting.

As Winrose narrates, her scuffles started after her husband lost his job in late December 2017. He fell into a near depressive state and this required her to step up for her family.

They were both not in a good financial position to support their family hence she had to look for whichever job that she could find.

Having pursued a certificate  in medical laboratory at Mt Kenya University  and acquired a diploma in purchase and supplies at Kenya Institute of Management, she could not practice her skills just yet, making it hard for her to get a stable job.

Eventually, she was  able to secure a job as a cleaner at Diana Medical Clinic .

Life became brutal since it was barely manageable with a daily pay of just Sh400 to feed her family of four. It was tougher when it was time to pay the rent.

Seven months down the line, Winrose resorted to working extra hours as a hawker. Her day would then start at 4am, where she would make homemade pancakes and sell them and then resume her normal duties at the clinic.

Out of empathy, her employer. Mrs Agnes Maura decided to help her out. Mrs Maura, whom she refers to as her ‘mum ‘supported her for months till Winrose was able to pick herself up again.

 “After watching my struggle, she gave me Sh10,000 which I used to clear school fees for my son since he was joining grade 1. She later decided to give me one thousand shillings at every end of the week which would be as a form of support until my husband secured a job,” she states.

Amidst her struggle, Winrose found out she was expectant. She had to work until her husband was able to secure a job in August 2018.

Currently, Ms Wanza is still working at Diana Medical Clinic and is happily raising her three children. Her husband resides and works in Nairobi at a consultancy firm.

BY Nation

 

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My sister always served me on the same plate after she learnt of my HIV status

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Mary (not her real name) often made trips to the hospital when she was little.

She was too young to understand what was happening and her mother was hesitant to tell her that she was HIV positive.

When I met her, she greeted me with a firm handshake and apologized for showing up ten minutes late.

We quickly went to a nearby restaurant and ordered a cold drink. She gently dipped her straw into the mug of milkshake and took a sip before settling onto her seat.

She tells me that the interview might ‘go south’ any moment since the subject is quite emotional and she might need time to recollect herself.

When I was little, my mum often took to me to the hospital. From time to time I was down with a cold but I thought it was nothing serious.

By the time I got to Class Six, the trips were more frequent and I had to ask my mum why I was always in hospital yet my pals were outside enjoying their childhood.

“It is at this point that she told me I was HIV positive. I remember how distraught she was when she broke the news to me. Her eyes were teary.

She explained to me that it was not my fault and that she was actually the one to blame since it was a case of mother to child transmission.

At the time, I could not comprehend the magnitude of the situation and my innocent self thought I would be healed within no time. This was not meant to be.

As the years went by, I realized that I had to live with the virus and I had to be on medication daily.

Fast forward to 2018, I have a lovely sister whom I deeply love. I have spent numerous nights at her place but on a certain weekend I noticed something peculiar.

I wonder why it never occurred to me. Ever since I had started going to her place, she had been serving me food on a particular plate.

At first I thought it was part of a set but later I realized that it was the only one.

On this particular day I approached the househelp and asked her why she always served me on that plate.

She confidently said, “Niliambiwa nikuwe nakuwekea chakula hapo.”

These words pierced into my heart like a double-edged sword. For a moment my heart sunk.

This was my blood sister. How could she do this to me? We grew up under the same roof…did I really deserve this?

I never confronted her about it but to be honest, our relationship changed. I could not help it.

I tried to forget it but I couldn’t. I was facing stigmatization from family. It was tough.

I cried myself to sleep every single day. I cried out to God so many times. Why me?

Life had lost meaning. I felt I was a baggage to everyone.

But I vowed that my destiny was in my hands and I had the ability to turnaround my fortunes.

I used all the setbacks I faced as a catapult to achieve all my dreams. I felt lonely but I knew God was on my side.

I dedicated my life to him and slowly things started changing.

I landed a decent job with a top city hotel and made good money. I invested the money in various businesses and boy didn’t they pick.

At times I feel like my status influenced me positively. I am now at a better place… I have been on ARVs too but I am used to them

I am living positively, with a positive mindset and I will do my best on earth until the Almighty calls me home.

At this point, Mary takes a look at me and says, life is like an elevator. Challenges can take you up or pull you down but you are at liberty to choose the button you desire.

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President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga in mourning

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KICC CEO and President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga is mourning the passing on of her friend Merali Daisy.

She shared a touching post, describing the late as a flower and condoled with her family. Daisy is the sister to business mogul Bobby Kamani.

Yesterday we lost a flower, an amazing friend and beautiful woman inside and out @meralidaisy May GOD watch over your family during this very difficult time… 😢😢😢 @bobbykamani i continue to pray and standby your family #RIP @meralidaisy 💔💔💔💔💔 #gonebutneverforgotten🙏,’ read Nana’s message.

In another post, she wrote,

My dear friend @bobbykamani words can not express the sadness that comes with this news… my prayers go out to you and your entire family at this time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 may GOD watch over our dear sister @meralidaisy 😢😢 stay strong my friend and we’re here for all of you at this very difficult time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 RIP @meralidaisy

The late Merali Daisy & her brother Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global

Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global has paid a moving tribute to his sister.

You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye. Only time will reveal what God’s plan was when He put us all through this unimaginable heartbreak and shattering turmoil. Rest In Peace my beautiful darling Sister – you were the strongest individual I came across. There was no incredible soul on this planet that was so loved like you and there never will be. Daisy – I died when you did. 😢💔 ~ Lots of Love from Your Biggest Fan and Your Best Friend.

Kenyan celebrities have condoled with Kamani’s family and below are their messages;

tonytimase Pole sana Bobby for your loss, it’s been a torrid period for you and your family, may God give you strength

kamz26 Heartfelt condolences, Bobby. Really very sorry for your loss.

emmatoo1 Deepest condolences Bobby, your family and her young family. May her soul Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾💔

officialjanetmbugua Deepest condolences 🙏🏾

pritijessa Deepest condolences Bobby. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this heartbreaking loss. 🙏🙏🙏

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‘Both my husband and I are HIV Positive,’ Phenny Awiti on raising negative children

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Kenyan woman Phenny Awiti living with HIV/AIDs is heavily pregnant with her third child.

Awiti’s two daughters are HIV negative and she is always sharing her experiences on raising the two.

The brave mother, who has been using social media to fight stigma associated with HIV has revealed that her mzungu husband is also HIV positive.

She shared a photo with her young family, flaunting her burgeoning baby bump, and it attracted more than 3k likes.

Phenny Awiti
Phenny Awiti with her husband and daughters

I don’t know how it feels like to be HIV Negative, but I know that I and Baba Bread are both HIV Positive and gladly raising these two beauties who are free from the virus. I cannot wait for another bundle of joy who is HIV Negative! 🙏🙏🙏 It is so rejuvenating breaking the barrier of HIV and stigma to the younger generation,’ Awiti wrote.

Thousands of Kenyans flooded the post, praising Awiti for her boldness. Below are the comments;

Kenyan Lugari Boy If you feel like you’re losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and still they stand tall and wait for better days to come. I’ve always admired you osiepna

David Ojango You are so much inspirational, words that change the life of others and change people’s bad thought and perception, May God always be there right by your side and bless you abundantly

Herina Achieng Aries Beautiful gorgeous Family I love you ♥

Mami Mbuya very true dear, the ones living HIV- are more in fear than the +VE individuals,trust me better live a positive life with full acceptance

Pamei J Peters This is what I love reading and seeing each day😍💝💓 I love you so much😘

Dorothy Okeyo This picture speaks volumes am blessed to read this.

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