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Drunk

Title: Drunk

Author: Jackson Biko

Genre: Fiction

Pages: Hard copy 167

My rate: 2/5

Published: 1st published 2017

And what was the hullabaloo all about in this book anyway with some readers? I feel like someone told Biko “dude you write so well, when can we expect a book from you?” And boom the book was out. If i was told to shelf it, i would shamelessly put it in the teens corner since they would love a guy who shags many girls, drinks liquor that interferes with his normal functioning, has daddy issues and does not want to get help since he knows it all. That is Larry for you in this short book that seems to have defied the paragraph, spacing and chapter rules we used to, to maybe earn 167 pages. Anyway Larry can’t stop drinking, he is addicted and he scares the shit out of his parents, brother, boss, girlfriends and he has an issue with everything and everyone till he causes a small accident when on the drunk driving spree that injures Malkia, a school going child to one Artisan that makes wheelbarrows and Larry dreams of one (BTW that wheelbarrow story doesn’t make sense only that he is carried using one, that his mother bought from someone who knows the Artisan), and this child goes in a coma making Larry go to a rehab out of guilt but he relapses when he comes out of it. Then Malkia who is not out of the coma reaches out to Larry via some supernatural force (fantasize of a Sci-Fi film for it to make sense) and alas she awakens and it is a miracle.
Guys, like Biko should stick to writing articles and short stories, not a book Abeg! Larry is Biko in narration, stories like the Artisan, wheelbarrows are not brought out well plus Drunk we get the title but i expected more. Am disappointed and am not loving it. Don’t shove it down my throat!

 

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Mathare; Good Samaritan Children’s Home

I’ve tried adulting then figured it is boring as hell! So what have i been up to? Stick around for all the shenanigans.

7th October i joined the VOFCIN (Volunteers for Children In Need) bandwagon to Good Samaritan’s Children’s Home at Mathare which is 20 minutes drive from Nairobi CBD via Juja road. I came across VOFCIN last year online through the Meetup platform as i was busy looking for vibrant things to do during my weekends. VOFCIN is a group of young and old individuals that give back to the community after every two months to children in dire need. We don’t visit homes that have it all; simply fully funded and all sails smoothly for them. Instead, we opt  for homes that are struggling despite the need to rescue vulnerable kids. Those with poor living conditions yet the love, kindness and unity blossoms in them.

Good Samaritan home was started by Mama Mercy who is now 60years old with the desire to help needy children in Mathare community, known to home shanties. Currently the home has 500 children ranging from toddlers to university students. 20 of them are under HIV/AIDS treatment. Under her watch she has seen her children graduate to professionals who aid in providing funds to cater for other children. The home has no donor support but depend on well wishers for its survival. With about 20 cows that provide milk for the home, these also come in handy as their major source of income as they sell milk to neighboring communities and when need arises mama sells a cow to make ends meet.

Our main activity was bonding with the children through games, reading, counselling and also getting to know the staff. The day would not be a success without our donations that bought pampers, food stuffs ranging from wheat flour, rice, maize flour, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, soaps and snacks that we ate while interacting with them. Also volunteers came along with shoes and clothes for donation. My major highlight was when i met three children who can write their own gospel songs and rap them.

The home’s main challenge is water, as the kids cried for water when they saw us and drank from all our water bottles. Another challenge i observed was hygiene especially with the toddlers who lacked pampers thus poop was everywhere not forgetting foul smell that emanated from an exposed sewage inside the home.

Above all we were challenged by the plight  children continue to face in our societies which is a wake up call to all of us to take time and help the vulnerable.