Mum thanks God for a donation, later learns it came from atheists

Mum thanks God for a donation, later learns it came from atheists January 17, 2020
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WHEN Harrison Mumia, above, President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, learned that a high-scoring student might have to stop attending school because his mother could not afford the fees for his secondary school education, his organisation came to the rescue.

The response of Idriss Saidi Lutta mother was “God is real” when she learned that the money she needed for his school fees – around $525 – had been donated.

To be fair, Lillian Ayabei wasn’t aware at first that the money had come from an atheist organisation. When she learned who had made the donation, she said:

As long as they are not devil worshippers, we are grateful they have offered to help us and we accept. The intent is all that matters.

The society donated an additional $178 for Lutta’s shopping needs.

The boy was one of the top students in last year’s in Baringo County and was set to join Maranda High School after getting 401 out of 500 marks in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCSE) exams.

Idriss Saidi Lutta and his high school acceptance letter. Courtesy image.

He was a student at Emining Primary School and emerged the best in Mogotio Sub-County, Baringo.

Mumia said his group had fully paid Lutta’s first term high school fees.

The Atheist in Kenya Society commits to financially support Lutta throughout his high school education at Maranda High School.

On learning of the mother-of-four’s financial difficulies, Lutta’s class teacher, Madam Rono, launched a fundraiser on social media – and the atheist group came up with the cash within two days of the appeal.

Rono described Lutta as an intelligent boy and she wishes the boy the very best in his secondary education.

He is a humble boy and very smart.

Mumia wrote in an Atheists in Kenya blog:

The reason we paid for the high school education of Idriss is because we understand that the effects of poverty on children are wide-reaching and can lead to lifelong struggles, especially when young people don’t receive proper education.

According to Child Fund International, poverty and education are inextricably linked, because people living in poverty may stop going to school so they can work, which leaves them without literacy and numeracy skills they need to further their careers. Their children, in turn, are in a similar situation years later, with little income and few options but to leave school and work.

Hat tip: Robert Stovold

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  • WallofSleep

    Ah, some good news for a change.

  • Marc1972

    That’s hilarious

  • kaydenpat

    Well, at least the mother understands that atheists don’t worship the (non-existing) devil. And she didn’t foolishly return the money as some American Christians have done in similar situations.

  • WallofSleep

    Clearly she’s putting the welfare of her child above her superstitious beliefs. If only the rest of the world did the same.

  • David Tiffany

    It’s great that you helped, but you’re not dealing with the poverty of the soul.

  • Jim Jones

    Fortunately souls don’t exist so they don’t need school fees.

    Now the poverty of the intellect of theists is a serious and real problem.

  • Thanks4AllTheFish

    That’s what we have you for. Poverty, despair, hopelessness, pain, misery – all are the feeding grounds for religious promises, rarely fulfilled.

  • Phil Rimmer

    She just got an education. Maybe quite a valuable one…

  • Jennny

    I can assure you hundreds of x-tian missionaries are delusionally attempting that in Kenya. Hubby has been there many times for a charity. Kibera is one of the biggest slums in Africa and he was shocked to learn that over 200 x-tian missions work there, but as with all such, they don’t seem to notice how their god seems pretty powerless to do much to change the situation.
    Respectful tip: Many of us here do actually know our bibles well, have studied theology and been sold-out-for- jesus believers till we realised it was all a fiction. We’re not so stupid or ignorant as maybe you think, that chucking a few verses from your ancient book will have The Power To Save Us Sinners from your fictional lake of fire.

  • Jennny

    It is a fact that, in countries where education cannot be accessed by many of its poorer people, folk value education greatly. Finding the resources to send one family member to school can mean the whole family will be lifted out of poverty as that son/daughter shares his income with the family in the future. We in the west take education for granted, our teens can become disaffected by compulsory schooling. I always tell them of my friend, a governor at a London primary school. When refugee children come for an admission interview, some actually cry when told they can start there the very next day and receive free education in the UK till they are 18yo. They make comments like ‘Now I can get my heart’s desire, an education to help my family’.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    The soul dosnt exist but poverty is real despite all the preaching praying and quoting your bible it is still depriving children of a basic education and health care. why you have put a rather silly comment on here is beyond me if you had read the post and had a look at a few other post it would be obvious the post and run tactic you have used is pointless. Having had a quick look at your web sight I can assure you most of us are atheists and know what we are talking about and we don’t need quotation marks around the word atheist. Why can you not accept that some one as done a great thing to help another human being. without pushing beliefs down someones throat. Now either reply to some of the comments or go and play with the other deluded idiots in the corner

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    A great act of kindness that will help a poor family

  • Broga

    Makes a change from millionaire Christians, living a life of luxury, taking money and paedophile priests preying on boys. Very confusing. Perhaps the devil was at work.

    How long will it be before some preacher condemns her for accepting the cash?

  • Broga

    Would you explain to me what is meant by “poverty of the soul.”? What kind of poverty? What is a soul? Where is it in the body? How do you know it exists?

    I expect no explanation because you have as much experience of the soul as I have: nil.

    Either put up or shut up.

  • I Regret Nothing

    Don’t worry David, the group that organised the fund raiser have vowed to raise the money donated by the atheist and return the money, because:

    Chepkech said members of the group unanimously agreed to raise the amount that was contributed by the atheists and refund to them immediately.

    “We’re not ready to hand over our son to the devil,’ another member said.

    “We also don’t know the intentions of the organization. Maybe they want to brainwash or recruit him into their beliefs and this may have a big impact on his religious beliefs. We fear these people had a vested interest,” he added.

    Lovely bunch of people don’t you think?

  • Hazel Angus

    “Residents of Mogotio Sub-County in Baringo County who had formed a
    Whatsapp group to mobilise school fees for a needy pupil have ejected
    Atheists Kenya President Harrison Mumia from the group and promised to
    refund his contribution.”

  • John Thunderer

    Unbelievable – what idiots.
    I note from the newspaper article that the religious bigots so far have only talked aboput replacing the contribution from the atheists.
    It seems they are learning a valuable lesson, i.e. that talk is cheap – just like them – and it takes real people – like humanists – to take real action.
    Is there not another decent non-religious school this promising student can be sent to instead?

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Thanks for reporting that.
    “they claimed that the Atheist in Kenya Society who raised more than Sh38, 000 to help the needy pupil had ill intentions after their President Harrison Mumia was added onto the group”

    Just being an atheist constitutes ill intent…

  • john levin

    The Atheists in Kenya should do a quick devil worship on the side, maybe the Looney Toons Tasmanian Devil? – just to test the mom’s commitment to avoiding help from people who worship imaginary things?

    Congrats to AIK – they sound like a great group.

  • Lauren Greene

    Begone, sheep.

  • Chad Boswell

    Imagine if all the Mega-churches in America did this instead of spending the money on another mega-church.

  • Matt Woodling

    God works in mysterious ways.

    (That’s a joke, Internet)

  • EllyR

    There is a Romanian say that ‘you don’t check the teeth of a gift horse’. That actually means in this case that the benefactor can worship whatever imaginary entity. In this case, no worship is involved at all. Her diavol worshiping remark was totally out of place. A simple thank you instead of thank god would have been nicer. After all, god or the diavol are equally imaginary and irrelevant.

  • Jennifer

    And new jets, and new yachts, and new wardrobes, and new cars, etc.