Pauline Waithira, the widow of a former Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldier could not hide her joy after she was handed keys to a newly built house on Saturday.
The putting up of the Sh2.6 million house in Bahati, Nakuru County was funded by the Military Wives Association of Kenya (MWAK) in collaboration with Bahati CDF, and KDF’s Compensation and Welfare Department. It was constructed by the Engineers Brigade between April 28th and July 2nd.
Waithira was left with a young son and daughter following the death of her husband Private Jeremiah Mbugua on January 1st, 2018.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, MWAK Chairlady Tabitha Kibochi said the house will provide a permanent habitation for the young widow and her kids.
“It is indeed distressing to lose a husband leaving behind young children. The story of Pauline came up last year and touched our hearts including that of the Chief of Defence Forces. However, I am delighted to hand over the keys to this new house to uplift this family,” she said.
“We look forward to supporting and make more impacts in the lives of other widows, orphans, and those who are disabled.”
Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Wanderi from the Engineers Brigade said they saved up to Sh1.4 million by sourcing labor and materials from KDF.
“I am an engineer and this 90 square meters house with all the specifications we’ve given it, would have cost in excess of Sh4 million. Having our troops doing the work has saved costs and time taken to construct the house,” he said.
On her part, Waithira said: “Indeed there’s hope for a tree once it’s cut, it shall sprout again. I sought assistance from the CDF and today I’m glad for the honor bestowed on me and my young children. From the bottom of my heart, I’m thankful.”