A teenage girl in Nairobi’s Dandora slums opted to breastfeed and take care of her two-month-old sister after their mother passed away.
Lucy Wangui’s mother died in mid-November 2020 while being attended to at the Kiambu County Referral Hospital.
The girl, 18, is also a mother of a seven-month-old daughter and she takes turns caring for the two infants.
Her elder brother Kevin Kamau admits that the family was struggling to make ends meet.
The family comprises seven siblings who look up to Kamau, a boda boda rider, as the breadwinner.
“It’s really tough for us. We have not yet received any support yet but we are glad to know that Kenyans are willing to contribute and assist us,” the 22-year-old stated.
The seven siblings reside in a one-roomed iron sheet house in Dandora Canaan, a few kilometres from the Korogocho Slums.
Lucy, a primary school dropout added that she was not eating a balanced diet and was struggling to feed two babies at the same time.
“I kindly wish to request donors to support us. The food we eat is not enough and my milk production is low. We boost what we get from the well-wishers with my brother’s wages,” she said in an interview with K24.
The young mother added that neighbours have been generous and kind by sharing the little they have.
They also aided in ensuring her mother was buried decently.
She hopes that she would not only be supported in caring for her children but also sponsored to complete her education or secure a job to complement the brother’s income.