Weʼre raising £1,000 to assist my close friends with day to day living. Including food, clothing, utilities, medical expenses and school fees.
- Bolton, UK
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SUPPORT NEEDED FOR HARUN AND FAMILY. Proud, Honest and Humble - But struggling to pay for school, university and medical fees... Please help me, to help them!
I first met Harun back in 2012, when my family went to live in Kenya on a British Military Posting. Harun was employed as a gardener by a Kenyan contracting firm, which the British army used on the homes they rented. Harun, worked Monday - Friday, from 8am - 5pm, alternating between the garden at my home, and my friend's. Harun's wage for these hours was KSh 9000 per month (approximately £63 GBP, $88 USD). From this wage, a third was spent on the rental of a room (2 miles away from his work), which was cold, damp and only secured by a padlocked door. The remainder of Harun's wages were sent back 'up county', to Harun's wife, Rose, and their four children, John, Lucy, Sara and Faith. This money had to pay for their home, utilities, food, water, School Fees and Rose's ongoing medical treatment, for quite a debilitating case of a hole in the heart.
Whilst working at our homes, Harun also did odd jobs - this was not part of Harun's contract so, we were able to top up his wages and help a little.
I was never a "typical" army wife and didn't integrate well in the army community. Although, during my marriage, Kenya was where I felt most at home and I sought company and solace amongst the local people, namely Harun and Saline (the most professional housekeeper one could ever hope to meet).
I was greeted by the biggest smile from Harun, every single morning. I always told him, that sight made my day... I miss it, desperately!
Harun was always happy, always smiling and chose the positive outlook in every challenging situation. He had the patience of a saint with my children, when they followed him around the garden as if he were the Pied Piper. When he finished work, he gave up his free time to willingly kick a ball around with my son.
HARUN CAME INTO OUR LIVES AS A BLESSING!
One day, my friend and I, found Harun sat on the ground in the middle of the garden. His head in his hands and tears streaming down his face. I will never, ever forget that day - it quite literally broke my heart. Harun is a very proud and humble man and rather than share his troubles, he bottled them up to the point of sheer desperation, until I begged him to tell us. Harun's wife, Rose, was seriously sick in hospital, no one to care for the children, Harun was hours away, with us in Nairobi. He didn't have the money to feed them, pay for Rose's treatment and worst of all - he didn't have the money for the bus journey home to his family... HE NEVER, EVER ASKED FOR ANYTHING!
It was only then that I realised the degree of Harun's struggles and he dealt with them on a daily basis with the most incredible pride, grace and dignity. From that moment, my friend and I gave him his bus fare, and some funds to help with food and medical fees for Rose. There were staff quarters to the side of our homes - I had Harun move in, to save him that huge chunk from his monthly wage on that padlocked room a couple of miles away. It benefitted me and the children too, as my (then) husband, worked away a lot, and I always felt safer knowing Harun was around.
My marriage ended whilst living in Kenya, due to me being betrayed by a 'supposed' friend. I had no choice but to return to the UK with my children - but the worst, heart wrenching thing, was having to leave Harun and Saline. After I returned to the UK, I found out that Harun was without work.
It unfolded that he was ordered to work for the person who had betrayed me... and out of LOVE and LOYALTY, he REFUSED! With all the basic things Harun needed to fund - he refused and placed himself in a position of stress and worry - out of loyalty to me.
I would never have expected Harun to turn down work, but he is my family... He always will be... and I will always be there for him in any way I can.
I managed to do a bit of last minute fundraising, which helped Harun through, until he secured employment elsewhere.
Harun, has managed to scrape by for the last couple of years, however, he is now home, up country with his family and unfortunately, the work isn't as readily available as it is in Nairobi. Harun has only managed to secure work for 3 days a week - however, he will do anything. Harun, is worth everything and more - and I'm dedicating my main fundraising for 2018, to Harun and his family... because they deserve this help!
Harun and I have been discussing this since November and I have decided that now is the right time to start it. I am not just asking people to donate - I will be undertaking a charity challenge later on in the year, which for now, I am keeping under wraps - only a handful of people know! Harun thinks I am mad and my mother is beside herself with worry... So, it's safe to say, the challenge is pretty decent! If I have told you this - please keep it under wraps for now.
I would be grateful for any help you can offer, whether it's a donation, a mini challenge, a bake sale or a simple share of this page. I am not interested in any credit, I only care for this family and want to see them worry free.
Many thanks in advance for any support you are able to offer.
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May 23, 2018
Good luck, from Ana and Ben! xx
Mar 23, 2018
Well done Carly.
Mar 23, 2018
Good lock! You’re amazing and have a massive heart! Xxx
Mar 13, 2018
What a caring person you are. Always happy to help others. You are a credit lovely. Good luck with achieving this lovely gesture. Xxx
Mar 7, 2018
Unselfish Carly and you know how difficult it is to give it to just causes in Africa so what you are doing is wonderful. Love xxx
Mar 6, 2018
Well done carly.
Mar 1, 2018
I read your story it was so sad you are a wonderful person for doing this
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*Mum of 3 *Law student *Feminist *Human rights supporter *Quietly observant *Inquisitive *Charity worker . Greatest pleasure gained from working for the benefit of others!