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The deadly coronavirus whipped around the world, paralyzed international travel, and trapped 220 Kenyan students in Sudan.

The group was desperate to come home after months stranded abroad by the virus border closures and lockdowns.

Their parents could not raise the airfare, which stood at USD490 per person.

In three weeks from June 13, 2020, MUHURI coordinated the logistics and raised the fare, Sh11,476,474.41.

The students’ parents, who paid 50 per cent of the fare – except three students who paid full –, Machele Foundation and Somali community at Masjid Furqan, contributed through MUHURI’s account. Other leaders and a company paid the airline, Kenya Airways.

All students returned and reunited with their families.

The first lot of 129 students arrived in Kenya on June 27, 2020, and 91 on July 5, 2020.

MUHURI, whose values and guiding principles include transparency and accountability, is putting up this statement to show who contributed what, how the money got spent – and express gratitude to funders for their selfless act.

Below is the full list of well-wishers who made repatriation successful:

  1. Students’ parents – Sh3,710,474.41
  2. Somali community at Masjid Furqan, Mombasa – Sh270,000
  3. Lamu East MP, Athman Ali Shariff – Sh1,060,000
  4. Mombasa Governor, Hassan Joho – Sh3,127,000
  5. Suleiman Shahbal – Sh500,000
  6. Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa – Sh100,000
  7. Mvita MP, Abdulswamad Nassir – Sh1,000,000
  8. Machele Foundation – Sh270,000
  9. Grain Bulk Handlers Limited (GBHL) – Sh1,078,000
  10. Marsabit Governor, Mohamud Ali – Sh901,000

Of the Sh3,710,474.41 contribution by the students’ parents, MUHURI only used Sh3,527,615, as well-wishers had cleared the deficit, leaving Sh182,859.41 balance.

MUHURI refunded Sh81,000 to Abdi Razak Ibrahim Alio, a parent who had paid full air ticket for his three family members.

MUHURI also refunded Sh27,000 to one parent who made a late payment, missing out on the last flight.

On July 21, 2020, MUHURI equally refunded the remaining amount, Sh74,859.41, to Machele Foundation and Somali community at Masjid Furqan, Mombasa.

The repatriated students reside at the Coast, Nyanza, and Western regions. Others are from Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Isiolo and Marsabit.

Fifty-seven came from Garissa, Mandera and Wajir, but none of the area leaders helped in repatriation, despite parents and MUHURI reaching out.