On June 5th, Daylight’s staff and dear friend Peter Losenguria’s younger brother Limaye Loitapira was herding his cows when he was shot in the back, neck, and mouth by bandits.
Limaye was rushed to the hospital, an eight hour drive from his home. He underwent two surgeries, and after a month of recovery we are so grateful to say Limaye is back at home with his family.Peter, Limaye, Mama Losenguria, and their new baby.
Limaye having tea with the Losenguria family.
In response to the attack on Limaye, a peace meeting was called in the community. Peter attended on behalf of his family and used the attack on his brother to speak about the need for ending gun violence, and Daylight’s work of educating young people with job skills so they don’t get caught in a life of crime and stealing.
Peter was joined at the peace meeting by women in the surrounding villages who echoed Peter’s call for peace and an end to gun violence in their community. We are so grateful for Peter and these women’s work in their community.Peter knows the challenges facing young people in his community. Peter came from a poor village family who was not able to pay for his high school education. So Peter spent his youth trying to feed himself by stealing cows with a semi automatic rifle in his hands.
But after seeing the pain his crimes caused families in his community, he put down his gun and has dedicated his life to calling for an end to violence and promoting education.
Peter meeting with community members
During the peace meeting women prayed for peace and prepared a meal so that people could eat together and be reminded of their common humanity.
The Losenguria family is so grateful that Limaye is recovering at home. They wanted to pass along his deep gratitude for the love, prayers, and support they received from Daylight friends around the world.
Limaye’s medical bills were around $2000 US for both surgeries and will be paid for by the Daylight Emergency Medical Fund. This fund helps cover medical costs for Daylight students, staff, and community members. Your gifts support this fund and everything we do at Daylight Center and School. Thank you. Your gifts save lives in Kenya.