A 36-year-old Kenyan woman from Mombasa who hit the headlines last week after she was found boiling stones for her starving children has received overwhelming support from well-wishers.
Peninah Bahati Kitsao, a mother of 8 children, is having her life completely transformed with sympathizers blessing her with all manner of goodies.
So huge is the support she has received that Mombasa Woman Representative Asha Mohamed deployed two police officers to guard her day and night as her security was no longer guaranteed.
Peninah is set to be relocated to a better house and her children taken to school thanks to well-wishers.
Over the weekend, Ms. Asha and other leaders from Mombasa visited Peninah at her house in Kisauni with food donations household goods and cash. This is why her security has been deemed paramount.
Woman Rep. Asha promised to have Peninah undergo training on how to manage her newfound wealth and fame, adding that she has received enough food to last her family for a year.
“We have assessed her situation and realized she needs a lot of change. First, we want to counsel her so that she can live with her newfound fame and money,” she said.
“We have to take her from this environment to another environment where she is not known because of her security.”
Her children will also be counseled and taken back to school courtesy of the bursary kitty from the Woman Representative’s office.
“Her children, most of whom dropped out of school, have been scavenging dumpsites and doing odd jobs trying to get food on the table,” Asha said.
In addition, her current two-room house will be refurbished and rented out so she can earn from it per month.
Peninah’s eldest son is nearly 20 years old while the youngest child is only four months old.
“I didn’t believe that Kenyans can be so loving. I have been receiving phone calls from all over the country asking how they might be of help,” said Peninah.
Her husband Kaingu Charo was killed by thugs in Mariakani in June last year, leaving her to fend for children on her own.