Okeno Memorial Fund

For: Gichuchu Okeno's Family
Kenya
Organizer: Monica Stephenson
Okeno Memorial Fund (Gichuchu Okeno's Family)
$11,985
of $3,600 goal.
Raised by 90 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Update on March 28th: It is with a very heavy heart that I update this former medical fund to a memorial fund. Gichuchu Okeno has left us. He was a husband, father, gem dealer, gem miner, a philanthropist in his Native Kenya, and a friend to many.  His reach extended literally all over the world.  He elevated the gemstone community in and around Voi.  Okeno had a vision for the gem trade in East Africa; more education to empower Africans in the industry.  He will be missed, but his efforts will not be in vain. His family will need lots of help to fill these big shoes.  Please keep his widow Esther, and his children in your hearts and prayers.  

Many of you know Gichuchu Okeno as a remarkable man, gem dealer and miner in Kenya. He has helped many people in the gemstone community, and has always supported others around him. Now Okeno needs our help. After a series of misdiagnosis, he has been admitted to a Mombasa hospital with serious kidney issues, and requires dialysis. Of course, insurance is very different there than here, and the sum required is going to be far beyond his insurance limits (only about $2000 for an individual, I think).

Okeno mentioned an amount around $3600 that I think is the cost of his initial treatments. Of course, it could go far beyond that.  I've linked this YouCaring page directly to his PayPal account, so he will receive all funds directly and relatively instantly. A donation in ANY amount goes a long way in Africa, so please consider this.

Get well, Okeno.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 26, 2016

Posted on March 26, 2016

I wish I knew more, or had great news to report on Okeno's condition. I can say that his condition is not deteriorating dramatically, but it is also not improving.  He is still in the hospital, and he is still not really communicating on his own.  I get updates from his son.  The update today, Saturday March 26, is a little more encouraging: "as per today, dad did open his eyes for quite sometime unlike the past few days."  Please continue to keep Okeno in your heart, thoughts, and prayers. I know he shares the belief that positive energy makes a difference. 


Posted on March 21, 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016

Okeno is still not feeling well, so updates from him are not frequent, as he is attached to the dialysis machine several hours a day.  His son has sent me messages that Okeno is having more tests, and hopefully will find out more from that.  He is very touched by the support that continues to flow in.  Please know that your donations and your thoughts have a huge impact.  If he knows that the financial base is there, he can have more diagnostics done to get to the root cause, versus just treatment.  I will try and update here whenever I hear something.  Asante sana... 

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