Over the years we have lacked a vehicle to transport the children to and from their regular activities of attending school, shopping for food and supplies for the home, and visiting medical providers.
This lack of vehicles creates a constant struggle for us to transport the children to where they need to be. Transportation safety is critical in Meru, Kenya, where the common means of travel are walking, matatus (minibus), and lorries (trucks).
These means of travel can be extremely dangerous. Tragically, over our existence, two of our children; Glory and Michell, have been killed on the road on their walk to school from our home.
Since the pandemic, public transportation is no longer the safest option for our immune-compromised children, who regularly travel to the doctor. We feel that a new vehicle for transporting our children has the potential to save lives.
We are incredibly fortunate to have received a $10,000 grant from World Orphan Fund to help us purchase a vehicle. We are also extremely excited to announce a partnership on the vehicle from an anonymous donor who has offered to match the first $5,000 in donations to the vehicle. This matching donation will be available until June 30, 2021.
Meru Toyota will provide us with a new Hiace minivan (16 seats) if we can raise enough funds. The vehicle comes equipped with removable seating, which will help us to transport food items and bulk purchases to the home.
The purchase of this minivan provides us with the possible income-generating opportunities for private taxi and transport of goods, thus moving us closer towards our goal of self-sustainability.
The total cost of the vehicle is approximately $42,000. The price of our goal includes the cost of insuring the vehicle for one year. If we cannot raise enough funds for a new vehicle, we will purchase the best used one available based on our fundraising.
You can donate at this link: gofundme.com/f/vehicleforhcf