Pankaj Shah led his business partners and family on Sunday afternoon, in an event that saw him donate food stuffs worth millions of Kenya shillings at Ruben center, Mukuru slums in Nairobi County.
“I have always been touched by the kindness of people in Mukuru. I am also grateful by my family and partners from the Gujerati family. The Asian business community and Brother Frank who is the director of Ruben center for organizing all these amazing families here this afternoon,” the soft spoken business man said adding that at least twice every week economically challenged families in the slums of Mukuru will not only be fed, but also there are plans to self-empower mothers to entrepreneurship.
Event organizer Thomas ‘Odhis’ Odhiambo urged Mukuru residents to also venture into small businesses during this corona virus pandemic.
“Life is tough, but let us all be creative and not wait for death to knock on our doors and die. In as much as Team Pankaj is willing to help us, but also let us help ourselves by being cooperative to lessons learnt through life skills sessions and also use the small opportunities available for us,” said Odhis who is also the station manager for Ruben fm, a community based radio station serving the residents of Mukuru slums.
Thousands of families in the slums are now in disarray as their bread winners have lost their jobs and now have to live hand to mouth. Most of them have turned into beggars.
The Kenyan Asian community which was officially recognized three years ago as the nation’s 44th tribe has been of great significance led by Pankaj Shah to many slum dwellers during this corona virus pandemic.
Shah’s volunteers, who formed Team Pankaj, have sent out over 24,000 hampers since setting up on March 22nd, each with enough food to last a family of five for two weeks.
Thomas Odhiambo, Ruben fm station manager on behalf of Ruben center and Mukuru residents thanked team Pankaj for their efforts as the event came to a close around mid-day.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga