For those of you who have been following this blog, you know I have been running a social media campaign to try and raise Kshs. 150, 000 (about $1500) get jaw surgery for my friend. I am calling it Operation Smile 🙂
So far, with your help, I have managed to raise Kshs. 52, 480. This is about a third of the actual amount needed.
I have decided to inquire if it is possible for the hospital to treat him with the initial deposit of Kshs. 52, 480 and then while we worry about the remainder of the bill he will already have his smile.
I do realize that this Harambee Model is not very sustainable. You cannot have people contributing for causes all the time, it gets tiring. For me, it is emotionally draining, always wondering if you will succeed, always picturing the consequences of failure, always looking for new ways of appealing to people (and this is the part I hate most, the part where I have to ask for help. It’s not that I’m a proud person it’s just that it takes a strong person to admit they need help).
When I started this campaign, everyone was thinking it will be easy breazy. I mean I got a lot of friends online, right? Well, somehow those whom I thought were my closest friends on social media have been the most quiet. Isn’t that the way it is in real life too?
Tomorrow I shall make a visit to where he lives, my friend Maoga from this post. I haven’t seen him since that hospital visit but I hope he is fairing on well. Hard to do that without a jaw, I know. I’ll be going there with some students from Norway who are making a documentary about ‘a Kenyan Girl’ and I’m er.. the star of the show 🙂 Operation Smile will be one of their highlights.
Anyway, my question is one, have you contributed? My strategy is simple, if 500 people each MPESA Kshs. 200 to the number 0727832685, then we have Kshs. 100,000 which is the remainder of the money. What are you waiting for, let’s get this guy his smile back! 🙂