After four months of #SDGDaily….we’re switching things up a bit and passing control to YOU. From the first of May we are launching the #MayIChallenge.
This idea evolved out of our latest meeting of Friends of SDG. It’s amazing how much creativity can flow when you have a talented group of people bouncing ideas off each other!! Maybe you could get together with a few friends to come up with your unique deeds.
One of our Friends, Kihoto decided that he would offer to be a driver for a mother one day and just spend time driving her around to make her errands easier. Josephine, who came up with the “May I…” concept, is going to host Kharay on Coffee where she will offer her mentoring and coaching skills to friends over a cup of coffee.
MC Stero has decided to use our #SDGDaily calendar for inspiration and is going to find a way to help a friend’s small business. Meanwhile, Brand Ambassador Saint P is offering to cook a meal for someone.
Our SDG Rafiki volunteers are also gearing up for the challenge.
On our own staff team we have someone who will provide a free cake for a friend’s celebration and someone who will tell a supermarket cashier to use their change to give another customer a discount.
So the question is……..what will YOU do for the #MayIChallenge?
We have 100 Ways to Simply Do Good to give you some inspiration. Join us by carrying out a deed and passing the challenge on! Be sure to tag @SDGKenya on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so that we can see how many people take on the challenge.
We're already on month four of the #SDGDaily challenge. Today marks our 100th deed since we started on the 1st of January. That's 100 days of selfless generosity with time, energy or money being invested in other people.
We would love to celebrate this by hearing from you. Which deeds have you tried? Which ones had the greatest impact? Did you get any feedback from the people you helped with the deed?
Or are you like some people we met last week? You haven't actually carried out any of our suggested deeds but you have been inspired to carry out one of your own?
Please drop us a comment here or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to let us know how #SDGDaily has been for you!
We're two months in to #SDGDaily and really excited at how people have engaged with it. From sharing ideas for future deeds to letting us know which deeds they have carried out, we've enjoyed hearing your thoughts.
One of our supporters posted about the impact she has seen from simply doing good:
"I have never known the impact that the little high fives and smiles you share with the guards at different premises would have on them till they decided to open their hearts and just utter blessings. The guards at Daykio just made me get so emotional with their kind words. That feeling was worth a lot more than I thought it could be😀😀.
Use what you have to make that difference in someone's life at least one each day and the world will be a better place. Thank you Simply Do Good for bringing me to this realisation." Beth
We hope this inspires you to take up the #SDGDaily challenge and join us for the next month of deeds! Download your copy of the March calendar today.
On the 25th December 2017, two groups of people came together and hosted deeds in the cities of Nairobi and Eldoret. The idea for the Christmas deeds came from one individual whose birthday falls on Christmas Day as he wanted to give back to have a different birthday event. He shared the idea of providing food for vulnerable people living on the streets and most friends were interested in doing the deed. This is a great example of what we call an SDG Rafiki event – friends who decide to simply do good.
In Nairobi we had 14 people, all of them being students from different universities within Nairobi. They packed 100 dishes with pilau, meat and cabbage and carried 8 litres of juice and 101 bananas. They walked from Archives to Jivanjee within the CBD sharing food with 100 vulnerable people and giving words of encouragement as they served the meals.
In Eldoret we had a group of 13 friends, who were also students at local universities. They bought 6 boxes of milk, 120 cakes and 120 bananas and they gathered 110 vulnerable people from the streets and fed them. They took the opportunity to interact with them and gave them a chance to showcase their talents. The event concluded with a prayer and one of the people came forward to give a vote of thanks, for they really appreciated the generosity of the team.
Post By Wilberforce Otieno
On the 25th January 2018, SDG hosted a training called “The 45th Tribe” for our volunteers. We had a team of 28 participants from Nakuru, Eldoret and Nairobi. We met at Archives within Nairobi CBD then we walked to the Arboretum. On the way, I demonstrated the core values of SDG;
I did this simply by speaking to people that were living on the streets, taking time to value them and offer them words of encouragement.
We arrived at the Arboretum and did brief introductions. Our founder and my colleague, Shawn, carried out the first section of training with our volunteers explaining the connection between SDG and Tin Roof Foundation. We then took a short break, playing a game for team-building, and had an interaction with the team members. This was followed by the second section of the training where I spoke about the Simply Do Good focus areas.
After the training, I gave each of the volunteers a copy of our SDG Daily calendar and asked them to pick the deeds they felt they would be able to do. We then went into a circle and took time to know what skills each person has and had a prayer session to end the day. I was impressed with how youths like to change the world by taking steps to make it happen. With the training, I am encouraged that many people will get to know how to make their environment and the world a better place.
Post by Wilberforce Otieno
We're really encouraged by the number of people who engaged in the first month of #SDGDaily! From Gospel Artists to PR people, pastors to students...we've had great feedback about how simple it is to do good using the #SDGDaily Calendar.
Yesterday, we hosted a gathering of people we've spoken to over the past few months about the work of Simply Do Good. Even at this event, we had singers, a hype man, an actor, a pastor, radio presenters, a sales and marketing manager and even a cop! Every one of them was there for one reason...they have a heart for doing good.
To start off the event, music producer and Kubamba Radio presenter Saint P spoke of his involvement with SDG as an Ambassador. This was followed by an explanation by Tin Roof Society Founder Shawn about WHY Simply Do Good started and the reason behind it. The first part of this explanation was a quote from the bible:
"9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." Galations 6: 9-10
Each member of our team then took the story a bit further. Barbara outlined the three core focus areas for this year (Vulnerable People, Environment and Public Officers) before Wilberforce shared how he came to become involved in SDG and has inspired and co-ordinated the launch in several different counties. Next up, Fred spoke about how as a pastor, SDG is a very natural fit for him and how much he has enjoyed carrying out deeds in January. He then invited the group to share good deeds they had done in the recent past and how it made them feel or the impact it had. The answers were amazing:
- one person had paid fares for a stranger on a bus...only to find out later that the passenger only had fare for one way and had been stressed about how they would get home
- a music artist had heard a security guard at one of their gigs talking anxiously and clearly in distress. He found out that the guard's child had been refused a school leaving certificate due to a fees balance of 500ksh. All the artist had on Mpesa was 500ksh but he sent it so that the balance could be cleared and the certificate issued.
- our friendly cop had done a good deed just that morning on his way to our event. Having been dropped too far by the matatu, he alighted and came across a fight between two flower vendors. Although in civilian clothes, he took time to go over and stop the fight and help resolve the issue...and was rewarded with perfect directions to get to us!!
Having heard these examples, we then launched our February #SDGDaily calendar. This was warmly received and our friends were keen to sign up for deeds for the coming month!! We hope that you will join us by downloading a copy of this month's calendar and carrying out one deed a week. Let us know how it makes you feel or the impact it has by tagging us @sdgkenya on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The value of a person is not determined by their abilities, but by the sheer fact of their existence as a creation of God. This extends to all of us regardless of gender, race, origin, religion etc. We all have intrinsic value given to us by our Creator as part of His grand design. The challenge is that often the value is not recognized, not given or is all together dismissed, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
To my shame I have walked by the most vulnerable in deplorable situations and used my busy schedule, lack of expertise or not knowing how to “really help” to excuse my inaction. I have left the severely crippled, young and potentially even abused in my shadow as I travelled past onto whatever urgent thing was calling me that day. I didn’t give a thought to the tragic situation the person crumpled on the sidewalk was enduring at that moment and possibly for the rest of their lives.
Today I drove by a slumped over figure with the tell-tale blue plastic cup placed in front of them by whatever “handler” had put him there. I had driven by him before, but today was different. Whether it was the cold 6:00 AM weather or the fact that he was laying facedown, I parked the car and came back. I approached him slowly and greeted him softly with “Habari ndugu” so as not to scare him in the early morning. He didn’t move. I knelt down beside him and put my hand on his back, feeling the malformed bones poking through his clothing as he lifted his head slightly from the sidewalk and looked at me with a mixture of fear and confusion. Over the next few minutes I tried to get him to speak, as did Emmanuel, the young South Sudanese man who had just dropped his bus fare into the blue, plastic cup, but to no avail. Emmanuel and I went across the street to see if the person who dropped this young man here was nearby but the boda boda drivers said he had been dropped off very early and the people responsible were long gone. They proceeded to tell me one of the commonly held theories that this young man and others dotted along the roads of Nairobi are from Tanzania and were brought to beg where there was more money, as if that excused the drivers from helping.
I was at a loss of what to do, but I knew that “nothing” was not an option. I went into a local restaurant, ordered chai and a small loaf of bread and took it to him. As soon as I set the bread and tea in front of him, he used whatever energy he had to grab the bread with his one able hand and eat like he had not been fed in days. I sat with him as he ate and I watched person after person, car after car pass by this fragile, neglected, needy fellow human, without even a glance except to figure out why this mzungu was sitting on a curb staring back at them. I was upset at first at the uncaring disregard for this life sitting crumpled on the sidewalk, until I was reminded that until about 45 minutes before, that was me passing by…
I haven’t stopped thinking about this young man and the many like him in our city all day. I am not sure what the answer is, since there don’t seem to be public institutions to care for the disabled in Kenya other than for children. When those who are over 18 years old are taken to the police they are often just jailed, not helped. What I do know is that doing "nothing" is no longer an option. So let’s begin a conversation. What do we do? What can our community do? How can we change the story for so many who are abused and neglected in our city, even if it is one by one? I’m ready to listen and learn.
Post By Shawn Koonce
Please let us know your thoughts either by commenting or by contacting us.
One of the goals of SDG Kenya is to create a shift in culture. We want to make doing good a part of everyday life for as many people as possible. By doing so, we believe that individuals and communities will be positively impacted.
January is a time when people make resolutions about changes they will make in the coming year. These aren’t always realistic or achievable! For those who want to resolve to do good in 2018, we have a simple solution.
Each month, we will share a calendar filled with suggested good deeds. Many of these don’t require money to do and some don’t even take much effort. Examples include saying “Thank you”, sharing words of encouragement, helping someone with chores or picking up a piece of trash. Our hope is that people will select at least one deed a week and carry it out.
Join us! Download the calendar below or follow us @SDGKenya on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a daily deed. Use the hashtag #SDGDaily to share what you have done or send in ideas of other deeds we can include in future months.
SDG Kenya has grown as more people are inspired to Simply Do Good and practice selfless generosity. We now have chapters throughout the country and the team leads came up with an initiative to provide chai and shukas or sweaters to street kids.
The “Chaishuka” deed is part of Tin Roof Foundation’s “SDG Week” where we encourage every Kenyan to find a way to Simply Do Good.
One of SDG Kenya’s focus areas is Vulnerable People and this includes the young boys and girls who live on the streets. So the week beginning 4th December, our teams will be out on the streets distributing chai and shukas and showing love and compassion to street children.
We will also talk to them, get to know if they would like to start a new life or if they would like to continue with their education, then we will work with our various partners who work closely with street kids to give them shelter, mend rifts between them and their families, help them continue with school.
Here is when the deed will take place across the chapters from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm;
4th December – Kisumu
5th December – Kericho
6th December – Nakuru
7th December – Nairobi
8th December – Mombasa
Ways to get involved:
- Make a donation via Mpesa Pay bill Number: 210599 Account: Chaishuka
- Donate a sweater or shuka
Nairobi collection points are;
- Show up! Follow @sdgkenya on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details of the exact locations where you can volunteer your time to help distribute chai and shukas
Post by WIlberforce Otieno, Intern and SDG Nairobi Team Lead
Our #SDGshujaa deed was my first experience of doing a Simply Do Good deed with Tin Roof Foundation…and it was one I will remember for a long time to come.
The idea was simple. Taxi drivers at Junction Mall have had a rough few months with the closure of the supermarket and nightclub at the mall and the rise in Uber drivers in the city. We decided to lift their spirits by visiting them and handing out tea and mandazi. The plan was to give each driver two servings of mandazi so that they could eat one and pass one on to someone else, ideally a street child, guard or police officer. That way they would also get to experience the feeling of carrying out an act of kindness.
We started early in the morning, mixing the dough for the mandazi. Then it was all hands on deck as we got them rolled, cut, fried and bagged and prepared enough tea for 25 drivers. We’d already obtained permission from Knight Frank, the mall’s management company, to carry out the deed on their premises. On the day, we simply had to get a note from them to show the guards that we were allowed to be there and take photographs.
Our friends at Kubamba Krew helped us with some volunteers for the deed – Beth, George and Nesh (who took some amazing photos for us!). We were also joined by our volunteer, Wilberforce, who helps co-ordinate SDG chapters in other cities. We all met at the mall and after a word of prayer we headed up to the area where taxis park, accompanied by a representative from Knight Frank.
Many of the taxi drivers were wary at first and remained in their cars as the tea and mandazi were being given out. Two or three engaged us in conversation and when we explained what we were doing they were extremely welcoming. There was lots of chat as they sent us to the cars to serve tea and mandazi to more of the drivers and slowly but surely the group grew. The guards who came to check what we were doing were quickly told by the drivers who took the opportunity to pass on their extra mandazi to them.
The guys from our side then offered the drivers SDG stickers for their cars….not realising that there would be such a great uptake and that the drivers would want help to get them on their cars straightaway!!
One of the drivers took a moment to say a few words on camera. This is when we realised the impact of what we were doing. Please take a moment to watch the video and find out why!
Later we found a comment on Facebook by Jackson, the driver who helped us co-ordinate the deed:
“We thank you and the team for hot cup of tea and doughnut, Junction drivers were happy with that step you SDG ,keep up with the Good work”
This was a really simple deed but the appreciation the drivers showed told us that it had made a difference to them that day. We hope they were inspired to think about doing a deed for someone else and that by reading this YOU will also be inspired to Simply Do Good. I know that I’m already looking forward to the next deed that our team does!!
Post by Kirsty Gichimu, Communications Officer