NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 9 – With the overwhelming support to the Kenyans4Kenya Campaign that has helped raise well over Sh500 million to feed starving Kenyans, one man stands out for recognition having donated his entire salary for the month of July to the cause.
Police Constable Hashim Mohamed Elmoge who hails from Wajir was so moved by the pictures of children suckling from a dead mother that he decided to act in a unique way to help the hungry children.
He got special recognition during the Corporates’ Pledge Day that was held in Nairobi last Friday.
“I was so moved when I saw pictures on Aljazeera TV of two children in Wajir suckling from their mother who was already dead and thought of how desperate the situation had become,” he said although he did not feel comfortable talking of the amount he contributed.
Mr Mohamed told Capital News that he grew up in hardship and would therefore not find it hard to live without a salary.
“This is the month of Ramadhan for Muslims to give to the poor. Secondly I studied outside of the country (in India) and my bills used to delay so I don’t have a problem staying without money for a month,” he said.
Mr Mohamed is confident that he will go through the Holy Month of Ramadhan without difficulties in meeting his needs and those of his mother Miriam Haji Dakane whom he takes care of.
“I have been invited by very many friends during the evenings (where) we break after fasting… so my life is going to be smooth with or without a salary,” he reiterated.
The 35-year-old single policeman was recruited to the force in 2004 and currently serves at the Crimes and Intelligence Unit of the operations department at the Nairobi provincial police headquarters.
Mr Mohamed has urged Kenyans to continue giving to the Kenyans4Kenya initiative to help alleviate the suffering of their brothers.
“May be they should not follow my example of giving the full salary but just be generous and philanthropic enough and God will give them back,” he appealed.
The first born in a family of nine – seven boys and two girls – studied Political Science at the Agra University and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Delhi University in India.