Sonia Virdee: The Gift that keeps on Giving
After the 14-day stay at the hotel, it was time for Sonia to check out, but woefully, she and her family could not be able to raise the accrued amounts. As luck would have it, a group of philanthropists stepped in to clear her bills, on condition that she pays back once she is financially stable. When Sonia left the hotel, flights in and out of the country had been banned. She couldn’t travel back to the UK to work and in return pay the “quarantine debt”. So her stay in Kenya signified the beginning of her journey to giving back to the less fortunate during this Covid-19 crisis.
Sonia informed the “philanthropists” that she will raise enough money to pay them back and she pledged to do something in return, to better lives of other Kenyans who had been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. Walking around the streets and slums of Nairobi, Sonia was dismayed by the state of difficulty that the pandemic had heaped on mankind. Stories of job losses were demoralizing, wails of the homeless were depressing and cries of starvation were soul crushing.