The Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Hon. Susan Kihika is decisive and fast to act. Above all, she has a big heart and a sharp motherly instinct.
When the news broke out about the “Naivasha Flower orphans” after it was aired on NTV, it touched many people’s hearts. While many just let it pass, one person has taken it upon herself to mobilize resources for the poor souls. In one evening, she was able to raise over 180,000 shillings in aid of the orphans from her supporters.
A friend of hers, Catherine Kamau, from Naivasha who had watched the story on TV, reached out to Kihika who immediately got down to mobilizing resources. Her supporters in whom she has instilled a spirit of giving out to needy causes came out in large numbers contributing whatever one could afford at such short notice.
Apart from money, they were also collecting clothing and other items with drop off points in Naivasha and Nakuru.
It was not the first time she was at it. The charismatic Susan Kihika runs a monthly social program online where her friends and political supporters come together to assist in a needy case.
Susan Kihika also has this ability to empower others and build leaders. Those she has mentored ably took it upon themselves to drive the fundraiser and deliver the donations. Top on the list is Allan Mbeche popularly known as Alteeza who hyped the campaign on WhatsApp and Simon ole Nasieku the chairman of Nakuru SMEs.
The Naivasha Flower Orphans are children who have been left behind by their parents who used to work at the flower farms. According to a care giver at a home where the little ones live, the proliferation of flower farms and possibilities of making a quick buck have contributed to a rise of HIV/AIDS related deaths.
“We love and support Madam Susan Kihika because of the way she is able to bring out the best in people. Her ability to inspire, encourage and motivate shows just what a good leader she is,” said a staunch supporter of Susan Kihika.
“I think these are some of the qualities that set her apart. They are part of her and her charisma just comes out naturally. She is destined for great things and will take this county far,” added the supporter.