Skip to main content

You can help 17 year old Linet achieve her vision. Here is how to

Since the age of 9, 17 year old Linet has been fighting to keep her eye sight.
She sits her KCSE  in 3 months, but first needs to undergo eye treatment in India.
You can  contribute to her KSh. 1 million medical fund through M-Pesa PayBill 573666

Linet Muthoni is 17 years old. She is a high school student and sits for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams at the end of this year.


Like every other 17 year old,  Linet is looking forward to a bright future where she can play her role in making Kenya a better country. She however needs your help to make her dreams come true, and for her to literally see her future.


You see, Linet has had a medical history of acute allergies in both her eyes.


The allergies have been so severe that she started wearing glasses at the tender age of 9 years. In a quest to lead cure these allergies, Linet has been to more than her fair share of doctors and hospitals.



It is also in this period that Linet has developed a condition known as keratoconus. You can look that up on Wikipedia to see what it entails, including itching of the eyes, which Linet has experienced over the years.


On a typical July morning in 2013,  Linet woke up to find her black part of the right eye - the iris - had turned white! Linet and her panicked mother rushed to the eye hospital at Kikuyu,  who then referred them to an eye specialist in the city.


Here,  Linet underwent surgery in both her eyes. Her left eye however got an infection, which was treated,  but healed leaving her with a scar on her cornea.


A visiting doctor from Germany advised on a procedure to remove the scar, which Linet duly underwent in November 2014. Two days later, Linet was in so much pain,  which the doctor attributed for an infection,  which would have to be remedied with a corneal transplant. A visiting US doctor did this procedure, but it led to further complications with her eye lens, which was removed and is yet to be replaced.


Linet has managed to keep her smile even as her eyes itch from her allergy
Recently, Linet’s left eye was diagnosed with a complication, where the grafted cornea is developing vascularisation - an Internet search reveals this is the growth of blood vessels from one organ to another. The doctors says this is likely to lead to a rejection of the transplanted cornea and are trying to manage it.
Linet’s journey to maintain her eyesight now takes her to India, where she is scheduled for consultations and procedures with eye specialists. To do so, she needs to raise Ksh. 1 million in the next week,  to enable her go for treatment over the August holidays.


Linet is requesting you and your friends to help her achieve her vision of a brighter future. She will hold a fundraising on coming Friday 31st July at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.


You can also contribute via M-Pesa Paybill number 573666. Any amount is welcome. A contribution of KSh. 1,000 will leave her with only 999 other kind contributors to reach her goal. A contribution of KSh. 100 will only leave 9,999 other people,  of which you can ask 10 of your friends to contribute to Linet too.


Let’s help Linet sit for her KCSE exams this year and achieve her vision. Please share this appeal.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Kenyan in Addis Ababa (Part 2) - The "University Girls"

This post continues from Part 1. 

The residents of Addis are friendly too. On my first day, I did meet a guard at a hotel, who later offered to show me around. Among the places he suggested, was this place where some “University girls” were holding some "dancing ceremony". He added, that Ethiopians being Orthodox Christians, were about to go on a sex, alcohol and meat fast, hence the importance of this “ceremony.”
I had some suspicion that I was being sold to sex, but my guide insisted that this was not a sex sale. Just dancing University girls. We did end up in some nondescript compound, and into a house. There was sort of a sitting area, with a radio system, low benches and tables, and grass sprinkled around the floor. Grass sprinkled around the floor is an Ethiopian tradition that indicates you are welcome to a place.

It was about 5 PM,  and the hosts seemed not to be expecting any visitors at this time. My guide disappeared down some corridor into the back to call them. In…

Beers in Kenya: A sober opinion

I have had a short beer swigging stint in my life. It has however been long enough for me to share my opinions of Kenyan beer. Interestingly, over the course of sharing such opinions with other drunkards connoisseurs,  I have found that we all have different views as to what beer is the best, which one makes you too drunk, or which one gives a free,  extra hangover for every hangover you get from it.
For starters, like everyone else, I discovered that beer isn’t as sweet as it looks like in those adverts that show golden barley swaying in breezes,  happy men smiling and toasting chilled, foaming glasses of beer as a deep voice does some narration in the background.
Beer is bitter! Now, it turns out beer is intentionally made bitter. See,  beer shares the same ingredients as bread. The major difference is that bread isn't fermented. Bread is sweet, so why isn't beer sweet?

Kenya Power customers suffer from Ksh 0.5 billion faulty prepaid meters

Kenya Power is a famous company in Kenya, one which draws what my colleagues in media will call "mixed reactions". While those in urban areas such as Nairobi regard Kenya Power as a very unreliable firm, I have heard of villages in rural areas where blackouts go unreported for even 3 days . To the rural people, recent electrification means that at least they get to get electricity for some days, which is better than no electricity.

In urban areas, the story is not any different. Around Imara Daima along Mombasa Road, power is mostly reliable, with blackouts been few in a week, and even at times been less than 10 in a month. In other places in the city, blackouts are a daily occurrence, and in some places, the blackouts are more than meals, counting two teas , breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Another aspect about Kenya Power is the prepaid meters, which like the firm, are equally loved and hated.

Ever since I became proud enough to start paying my own bills, I have used the Keny…

Why Kenyans love Kigali (Part 2)

See part 1 of why Kenyans Love Kigali, which this articl is a continuation.

In my previous post on why Kenyans love Kigali, or Rwanda for that matter, I had mentioned on the security of the city. The post however widely dealt with the feel and appearance of the city, and a little bit of the country.

Both of my visits to Kigali have been through the airport, though you may opt for a more adventurous journey by road. Getting to Kigali then required a Kenyan passport, but no visa. Now, all you need to go through both Uganda and Rwandan borders are a National Identity Card.

For travel by air, Rwandair is a cheaper option for Kenyans as compared to our national flag carrier, Kenya Airways. Ironically, most other Africans get to Kigali via Kenya Airways, thought most Kenyans will opt for the cheaper Rwandair. The flights are comfortable and the service on board the 1 hour 15 minutes flight is great.

Depending on the weather, your landing can be quite full of turbulence in Kigali. The airpor…

The Idle Life of a Regular Kenyatta University Student.

My education life was quite an active one, till I completed the 8.4. part of 8.4.4. I went to good primary schools, with tuition in class 6-8 and boarding in class 7 & 8. My life in primary was quite full, esp with tuition in class 7 & 8.I passed KCPE and was admitted to a good National School in Nairobi. My High School life was divided into 3 months holiday and 9 months schooling per year, except for 4th form where i spend I had a 1 month holiday between January and November. I was therefore well occupied for the first 12 years of my education.

After sitting for my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE) in November 2004, I had to wait for results till March 2005. I was well above the B+ university cut off. Previously in early 2004, we had chosen universities and courses we would like to attend by filling the Joint Admissions Board forms. After the results were out in early 2005, we had to wait till August 2005 for the 2004 KCSE lot to change their university and cours…