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Kenyan single mother seeks help

“Sister, I have prayed for the past one week and fasted, at the same time doing every casual manual job I could find to avoid being locked out of the house due to rent arrears, but it happened this morning. The landlord won’t take anything less than the whole amount, it’s frustrating.”

These were the words a single mother in Kenya said to me this morning on WhatsApp.

Her name is Esther Shawitsa Spira, a 36year old now homeless mother of a 4-year-old girl. Esther lives in Loitoktok, Kenya with her daughter. She was recently diagnosed with Stage 1 colon cancer, consequently, all her savings have since been going to pay medical bills, “I am less of 2800 shillings. I have not been able to pay my rent for the past 2 months due to the expenses of medication. I have stage 1 colon cancer.” she said.

Esther said that she has nowhere to go since her entire family and relatives disowned her after she converted to Christianity from Islam.

“I have no idea what will become of me an my daughter. I am just trusting in God for a miracle.”

This is quite heartbreaking, just knowing that a woman and her daughter are homeless somewhere in Kenya.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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