Source: Ajabu Africa
Bad news have hit the small Kenyan community in Boston yet again when a newly immigrated mother of 5 passed away in Lowell, becoming the second Kenyan national to die in a week, prompting yet another fundraiser slated for next Sunday at the St. Stephens Church.
Mary Wanjiru Ndungu (72) passed away at the Saints Memorial Hospital on Friday night after what family sources described as a “brave fight against a short illness”.
The new death comes in the heels of yet another one last Tuesday of a young Kenyan man found dead in his apartment in Weymouth and whose burial fundraiser will take place today at the All Saints Church in Quincy.
The late Ndungu had just arrived in the USA a few weeks ago to join her family all who reside in USA and sponsored her for a green card.
The shocking death prompted several clergymen in Lowell to decry the lack of cohesiveness in the Kenyan community in Boston to enable a well functioning burial and benevolent fund which would come in handy to affected families during such difficult times even before others come to help in a fundraiser.
According to the late mother’s her eldest son, JP. Muiruri , a popular music performer in Boston, his mother’s death is eerily similar in more than one way to that of his late father who also passed away in Lowell just a few months after arriving in the USA in the year 2003.
The family also lost a brother two years ago who succumbed to a short illness in Lowell.
“It is very difficult for us but we are trying to encourage ourselves in the Lord through prayer and support from friends,” said Muiruri while speaking to AjabuAfrica.com during a prayer meeting at the family’s home in Lowell last night.
“We now need to put all our differences aside, religion, education etc and come together for a burial and benevolent fund. We even have another burial funds meeting in our church tomorrow for a member who lost their husband back home. These things are happening too often now.” said Rev. Samuel Kimohu, pastor of the St. Stephens church in Lowell while addressing mourners at the prayer meeting for the late Wanjiru.