I’m helping the needy, not showing off my looks: Campus girl tells off critics
A female student from Masinde Muliro University has found passion in doing charity work in Kakamega town. Faith Wanjiru, makes and sells interior decor items to assist street families.
Wanjiru, who is pursuing a course in medical social work, says she started the charity programme early this year when Coronavirus pandemic first hit the country.
But despite her efforts to support the needy, Wanjiru says she has to deal with critics.
“People call me names, saying that I am too beautiful to interact with street children. However, I do not listen to naysayers since I do the project willingly and out of love,” she told Campus Vibe.
“Street families are part of us. They are disadvantaged because they can’t take care of themselves during this time when everyone is trying to protect themselves from contracting the virus,” the 21-year-old says.
Wanjiru reveals that she saved at least Sh50,000 from her modelling gigs, and used the money to purchase sewing machines and fabric.
“I did a short course in fashion design immediately after sitting my KCSE, where I learnt the art of making mats, lampshades and other interior decor materials. I decided to use my skills to help others,” she says.
When she got admitted to MMUST, Wanjiru went to school with her sewing machines, adding that she had spotted a ready market for her unique mats.
Since then, she has been working from her dorm room until early this year when she expanded her hustle to cater for the less fortunate. According to Wanjiru, she realized that street families had increased in number, but there was no one taking care of their needs.
“I decided to take matters into my own hands to assist these families,” she says, adding that, “My friends and I often share food with these children. We advise those with families to go back home, and also encourage them to refrain from abusing drugs.”
Wanjiru adds that in a good month, she makes Sh20,000 which she uses to buy food and run counselling services for the vulnerable street children.