An American philanthropist, Avis Goodhatt, has sued a Kenyan pastor for allegedly misappropriating the money she donated to her to support orphans.
Goodhatt claimed the pastor, Esther Wambui, who owns Noahs Boat Goodheart Childrens Home in Kisii has been giving her false information about the number of orphans she is supporting. Speaking to Citizen on Wednesday, October 27, the American national claimed Wambui told her she was supporting 148 orphans while the reality of supporting only 18.
As a result, the distressed Goodhatt appealed to the Kenyan government to help her recover over KSh 20 million she allegedly donated to Wambui, which she believes was misused.
Met in 2018 It all started in 2018 when Goodhatt travelled to Kenya with a mission to help the needy. She met Wambui who was already running the orphanage in Kisii and they became partners. The American national then helped her to acquire land on which they built a house that accommodated a number of orphans. However, in 2020, when COVID-19 emerged, Goodhatt said she was forced to return to the United States and that is when things started going wrong. She said Wambui started misappropriating the money that was advanced to her and also lied about the number of orphans she was helping.
Assaulted In her defence, Wambui claimed she had all the documents to account for how she spent the money. She claimed Goodhatt had only donated KSh 7 million to the organisation and not KSh 20 million as she claimed. The pastor added that the donor assaulted her and is fighting to have the organisation handed over to another group. Goodhatt’s lawyer Rodges Abisai said the philanthropist wants Wambui to reimburse her all the money she used in the organisation. Misusing money meant for elderly In related news, nominated Jubilee MP David ole Sankok accused a syndicate of cartels of sabotaging the Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Programme aimed at cushioning the elderly, people living with disabilities, orphans, and vulnerable children in the community. The MP, who represents people living with disabilities, claimed the syndicate was defrauding the little amount of money meant to support the community’s vulnerable people. In an exclusive interview with TUKO.co.ke, Sankok said the kitty for the groups has had over KSh 30 billion allocation but has not benefited the groups due to the cartels at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.