Raising Funds for Treatment

Posted July 11, 2019 from Kenya

....Chris Story....my son has down syndrome and this is the continuation of his story...

Raising funds from others in any circumstance is not a piece of cake. It needs well planned coordinated and a very wide sympathetic network of people. And yet again, Godly intervention can wipe away the tears of any mother seeking to provide medical care for their child.

I work in the social sector and had a network of people who I thought were well placed and connected to provide me the support I needed for my son. I went out full blast to talk to family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and beneficiaries of projects I implemented. My friends helped me set up a facebook page informing people concerning Baby Chris fundraiser, set up WhatsApp page for information and even announced it at my local church. I went to heart foundations, organizations and groups. by the end of the day, 90% of those I approached gave me a negative response or no response at all. But I will forever be grateful to Nafisa hotel Manager of Castle Royal Hotel Mombasa, when approached by my colleagues, she gave us the biggest hall in the hotel for free to hold the fundraiser, Grace Ajode who went out full force to mobilize every person we knew both in Kenya and abroad to give to the course and kept the facebook page running, Pastor Chege of Glory Tabernacle for being there, taking the front seat and assuring us that with God all is possible and mobilizing so many of his friends to stand with us.

On the fundraising day, less than 50 people came for the fundraiser and on the natural in such a big hall, it looked like were never going to make it. None of the big shots I invited whom I had worked with turned up, nor send their contribution. But God be praised, out of the people who turned up, 80% were people from my local church, family and friends. Through them we managed to raise $6000 within a span of 2hrs!, together with the mobile money we had collected earlier, we had $8000. To us God had come through and I knew the rest will be easy.

I later learned that God always has a plan for everything, in all things he desires to be glorified. Those who were invited and did not come nor send their contribution, were not meant to be part of Baby Chris Journey and I embraced them as such. Also if the guys with the big monies came, maybe they would have said, ‘if it wasn’t for my contribution , that baby would not be alive today’ hence taking the glory for themselves instead of God.

This lessons have been valuable in my life and have taught me that God will not allow just anybody to be part of my life or be involved in it. He sets up specific people for specific situations along the way to meet my needs. And this he did throughout our journey to India and back


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Hello, Namadi,

I love Baby Chris already! Thank you for sharing how much fight you are doing for your son. You are such a brave woman. I’m happy that you were successful in raising funds. You’re blessed ro be surrounded with generous people.

By the way, we have a World Pulse Ambassador who is active with her Down Syndrome advocacy. You might want to connect with her. Her name is Tola. Here’s her profile: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/tola-morainbow

My son has special needs, too, so I understand the pains, joys, challenges and celebrations you are going through.

Thank you for inspiring us with your story. Please continue to update us here.

Jill Langhus
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Namadi,

Wow! Thanks for sharing the continuation of Chris' story. The angels that came into your life to help with your fundraiser sound amazing and it's inspiring to hear stories like this to renew faith in humanity, in general. At least it does for me.

I hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend:-)

Jul 26
Jul 26

Hi Namadi,

Thank you for sharing about your baby Chris. That is good to know that you will able to raise a funds. You can actually continue this by selling of collaterals like mug, shirt, notebooks that the sell of this will proceed for your son's on going treatment. Have a great day!