27-09-2019 by Freddie del Curatolo
Those who have chosen Kenya and have been living it for many years, even if mainly as an entrepreneur and in one of the paradises of a nation that also has many places that have little paradisiacal value, even though they are fascinating for their landscapes and nature, if they truly love this country and know that they receive much on a spiritual level, they cannot turn their eyes to critical situations and emergencies.
Roberto Lenzi, owner of two hotels, villas and restaurants in Watamu, during the flood of the Galana river last year had been with us in the front line for aid to the people of the hinterland of Malindi, this year he decided to marry the cause of the Foundation of his friend Esther Akoth, better known as Akothee, and to help people in the far north of the country, affected by an unprecedented drought.
Yesterday the Roman businessman was with the famous singer and showgirl, a celebrity in Kenya, Turkana to distribute water and food to those who are suffering in an extreme way.
"I believe that each of us has the duty to look towards those who live in a situation of extreme precariousness and unfortunately have had less luck than us - explains Lenzi - to reach out, be inspired and understand a simple truth: if there is the will, it is possible to do something here, in Kenyan territory: to help Africa in Africa".
For this reason, the deus ex machina of Paparemo Beach, 7 Islands Resort and Crystal Bay in Watamu decided to join the Akothee Foundation and make itself available to help channel in the right direction aid that sometimes ends up in the wrong hands, without then getting the tangible result that can help people in need.
"The foundation operates in the Turkana area, located in northern Kenya on the border with Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia - explains Lenzi - and is one of the poorest regions of the entire nation, where people struggle to have a decent life. Far from the tourist areas, they do not benefit from the aid that instead arrives copiously in all those areas we know well on the coast of Watamu and Malindi, where instead the people lead a much better life. Therefore, the main mission of our Foundation is to improve the basic livelihoods of these disadvantaged populations, affected by poverty, drought and famine, thus giving everyone the opportunity to meet the most basic basic needs, such as water, food, health care. The objectives are multiple and water, the greatest need for every living being, occupies the first place in this unpleasant ranking. In these areas the drought is a huge damage, because in addition to the fact of the scarcity of water to quench the population, the water crisis also affects the territory which as a result can not produce any crop to feed people.
Our long-term project is to create deposits and reserves of water, both underground and on the surface, drilling and building wells, to cope with periods of drought and strengthen the ability to respond to natural disasters that often occur in this area.
Akothee, the artist who involved Roberto Lenzi in this noble social journey, every year organizes concerts in Europe and America to support his Foundation. The message goes beyond simple charity, and it is precisely this that has convinced the entrepreneur who has spent most of his time in Watamu for 25 years.
"Every man should have the right to live in his land of origin and not be forced to abandon it because of the lack of basic necessities and to have the opportunity to give a future to their children, to future generations - is the thought of Lenzi - No one should be forced to face trips of hope, which often turn into tragedies that are daily before our eyes.
Everyone deserves to live where they were born and our project and make sure that it happens here in Kenya, in Africa.
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