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
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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
Mashujaa Day – the day we celebrate our Kenyan heroes… those who contributed towards the struggle for independence and those who have positively contributed post-independence.
This year, on the 20th October, we are asking YOU to be a shujaa by positively contributing in your community. It doesn’t have to be a big act or something that costs you a lot of money. It just has to positively impact at least one person. Here are some ideas:
To encourage others to do the same, please share your deed on social media using the tag #SDGshujaa. We’re also planning our own deed so keep an eye on our social media pages if you want more inspiration!
2017 started with lots of things, one of them being drought! January through to the beginning of March is usually expected to be a dry and hot season. However, this time, it was an extremely hot and extremely dry season that brought the worst drought we have ever experienced in the Northern part of Kenya. This year’s drought was declared a National Disaster and Kenyans who weren’t being hard hit by the drought were asked to give to their fellow countrymen. Organisations like Kenya Red Cross, World Vision among others called out to the masses to adopt a family for a certain amount of money or purchase cereals, vegetable oil and rice among other foodstuff for donations that would be distributed to the communities up North.
So what do you do when people you know become part and parcel of this National Disaster? Only what you can do, help. That is what Kubamba Radio and Tin Roof Foundation did. Tin Roof Foundation has a partnership with Mt. Kenya Baptist Ministries in Nanyuki that works in planting churches in remote areas in Northern Kenya. They were our contact to the village of Laisamis through Pastor Katonga. The plan was to raise enough money for 100 families which would be Ksh. 357,000 total, play a part in the drought relief. Therefore, we set out by asking our fellow Kenyans listening to the radio, those on social media and around us to help meet the target by sending in money and also by praying for the families. Through this, the message for help managed to catch the ear of those in the diaspora and also those in the Volkswagen Anonymous Club-Kenya who gladly took part in sending money and journeying with us all the way to Laisamis, respectively.
This fantastic partnership enabled us to raise about Ksh. 600,000 with about 57% coming from within Kenya. This was used to feed approximately 300 hundred families in the villages of Laisamis, its neighbouring villages and other villages in Baragoi, Wamba and Suguta Marmar.
We could not have done this on our own. Every single individual who gave their time, money and resources to this project made it happen. This was one of the examples that Tin Roof uses to illustrate that East African Problems can be resolved by East African Solutions, if we just put our minds to it!
Check out Kubamba Radio presenter Tina Nzuki’s video about the experience and why YOU should get involved with the next Simply Do Good deed.
Post by Barbara Muthoka, Operations Administrator
(photos by Tina Nzuki, Kubamba Radio Presenter)
Wilberforce Otieno is a young man who has a passion for doing good and has joined forces with SDG Kenya to encourage others to do the same. Having set up a Nakuru chapter, he then connected with a group of young people in Coast who were interested in being part of the movement. We asked Wilberforce to go and meet with the group, talk to them about the work of SDG and join them as they carried out their first SDG “deed”.
This is what Wilberforce told us about the deed…
“On the 16th-July-2017 we arrived at Mji Wa Salama Children’s Home in Mombasa and we were well received. The children assembled in a hall where we got to have an opening prayer from one of us then we introduced ourselves. We had fellowship with the kids then went for games.
After games they were assembled into small groups and we divided ourselves to each group. We then had a session on childhood development in Christianity. After an hour we came together and had a bible trivia challenge with each group bringing their best for competition. The session ended and we had a dancing session where kids showed their talents.
We then went to the session of snacks and the kids lined up for the refreshments. We made sure all the kids had gotten the snacks and shared with them as we gave them words of encouragements.
We concluded with a prayer and bid them goodbye as we departed the home.”
Check out our video to find out what motivates Wilberforce to help others.
“Tenda Wema Nenda Zako!” this Swahili saying has been used widely with even a popular song adapting it as its chorus. Simply do good and walk away, even better will surely run after you and keep by you…always. Kuza being the first ever Kenyan made devotional app that seeks to provide contextualized, dynamic, interesting and transformational devotions right into the hands of every young person in the continent of Africa, we realize the need for collaborations. Bear in mind that Kuza is a Swahili word that means to Grow. We love the idea of Simply Doing Good. It’s so simple, precise and concise. What’s not to love about it…And is this not what we are mandated to do? Do good, every day, simply just do it, don’t over think it, just do it.
Kuza is written by young passionate Kenyan youth ministers who wish to get the transformative word of God conveniently in the hands of youth all over Africa. We are partnering with SDG to post socially aware devotions that will help young Kenyans and eventually Africans understand how God sees social transformation. As their spirits are transformed, so is their thinking on how to effect social change. This as a very timely partnership and are excited about what will happen as a result of the youth understanding where God’s heart lies with regards to different social issues that face our country and continent.
Through the Kuza and SDG collaboration the SDG Movement is able to reach more youth with the truth about social challenges that we face and how to engage them to bring about transformed societies. This is how God intended it to operate with the different gifts given to the members of the body of Christ. Rom 12:4-6, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us”(NIV). God is always doing amazing things among us, thank you for allowing yourself to be part of these amazing things. May God increasingly bless you and lets Simply Do Good and Kuza (Grow).
Kuza is available on Google play store and the IOS store for apple phones. It downloads fast and will surely be a game changer in your life once you start using it. Try it, actually try it now…get on your phone and download Kuza right now (KUZA IOS or KUZA Google Play) and we believe you will experience something totally amazing…Truth.
Post by Musa Asubuhi, Kuza
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