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How I am hacking working from home with the kids

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While staying home to combat the spread of Covid-19 may sound like a priviledge for many mothers, in reality coping with the increased demands of trying to entertain and educate their children while also holding down jobs, can be daunting.

It has been three weeks since Yvonne Ndungwa, a mother of two, seven- year old and two-year-old daughters started working from home. And she describes the experience as far from a walk in the park.

“You were used to working in an office environment and suddenly, you face the reality of a new workspace.

Although once in a while I needed to carry work home before, it did not prepare me for a full time office at home,” says the administrative assistant at Management Systems International, an implementing partner that works with USAID.

She describes adjusting to working from home with children as a bittersweet experience, but things have been getting better with time.

“In the beginning, it was tough, but now it is a whole new normal that I am now getting used to,” she says.

Her children think it is a long holiday. “The challenges set in when you have to balance different roles in the house. I juggle between being a wife, mother and a teacher.

And last week, I had to step in and be a nurse to my son who was unwell,” narrates the 35-year-old.

Worked out a plan

Yvonne, however, counts herself lucky to have an understanding employer who gave them flexible working hours.

“My boss gave us an option to choose the timings when we will be more productive at home so that our output does not get affected,” she smiles.

She has worked out a plan to help her and essentially everybody work out their time at home. As for her, she prefers to work early in the morning and late afternoon.

What’s funny though, she says her children don’t seem to demand for their father’s attention as they do hers.

“They don’t keep knocking at his door when he is doing his online meetings, but with me it’s mum…mum every two minutes,” she chuckles.

As for the children’s school work, Yvonne came up with a timetable for her foster daughter Maggie, who is in Form Two and her first born daughter, Zarya who is in Grade Two.

In the morning, she attends work meetings via a cloud-based video conferencing service, Zoom, which you can use to virtually meet with others, when her children are still in bed.

When the children wake up, they study and then play and learn new things in the afternoon. She admits that she misses her colleagues and her warm and friendly boss.

“We have a close-knit office and we have a guy who brings us our snacks for tea. The small things,” she sighs.

“We also have webinar meetings on topics like coping with isolation and managing anxiety as well as teleworking with children at home. At times, we have virtual tea and lunch dates and during such sessions, we are allowed to have our children run around as the dates are going on, which is pretty cool,” she smiles.

Getting creative

Currently the family has a gardening project and is working on an Easter plan.

“My daughter learnt several new skills. This Friday I will be teaching her how to stitch so that she can be stitching her 100 dolls by herself,” she laughs.

Yvonne and Zarya working on their gardening project.
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They do a lot of creative arts together, “We tried playing board games once, but my son would walk all over the board and ruin it all, most importantly, this period has made our family stronger,” she says. On Saturday they will be having outdoor games dubbed Karianjahithon and everyone is looking forward to this.

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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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