- An African man known as Gideon Weru has been washing clothes for a living to feed his family
- Weru's wife had fallen at work, injuring her spine, which left her bedridden
- But Weru took the reigns to help his family. His story reached the people of his country, who then showed him massive support
When we come together, great things happen.
When Briefly.co.za told the story of Gideon Weru, the man who has been surviving by washing clothes to feed his family, people came together to make sure his story changed.
Weru's story of what life became after his wife fell while at work, injuring her spine and leaving her bedridden, was a heartbreaking one that Africans could not sit back and do nothing about.
A follow-up article revealed the mother of two had already received help from various institutions and individuals who came out in large numbers to support the man and his family.
Besides medical attention for Weru's wife, Rosaline Wawira, well wishers offered to pay for his children's school fees, offered him jobs while others offered to put up businesses for him.
Wawira was taken in at Restore Rehabilitation Centre through a well wisher, Sarah Muhoya, who organised for her admission at the facility run by her friend, Doctor Catherine Wambua.
"This is not one of those stories you could turn your eyes or ears away from and we thought someone had to do something about it. So I sort the people who were behind the story to see what we could do," said Muhoya.
"I knew of a friend, Catherine Wambua, who runs the Restore Rehabilitation Centre in Karen and we negotiated a very discounted rate so by the time we were going for Rosaline, we had already received 75% discount from the hospital," she added.
Wawira, who is now able to feed herself and move her hands is expected to fully regain all her movement after spending five months at the hospital and return to work just like she did before.
An elated Weru could not thank Kenyans enough as he expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support he had received from them and from across the globe.
The family was also offered a two bedroom house by the principal of Maranjau Mixed School.
As though that was not enough, she also offered Weru a job at the school while offering to sponsor his children's education at the school, starting January 2020.
Its said every cloud has a silver lining, and after every storm comes calm, for Weru the storm is over and the silver lining in his clouds are clear now thanks to the people that stood by him.
And for that we can only say a big thank you to everyone who came out to support Weru and his family in whatever way they could.
God bless you abundantly!
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