SOCIAL AND WELFARE WORKER,
PHILANTHROPIST AND MOMBASA TEA TRADER
- - On the 14th February, 2003 we
all lost an amazing lady - Ferial
Lowe had a massive heart attack and died in hospital.
I have only known Feri
for a year, but what an amazing year it has been.
she was paralysed from the waist down, in an accident which robbed her
of her husband - this wonderful lady 'took on the world' with help for
every person who came in contact with her - nothing was too much
trouble or too difficult.
She cared so much for
the poor and needy, giving her whole life for others.
She was always ready to
give advice and find donors for the many sick and needy people who
were always contacting her.
- - Ferial
I came in contact with
her first when we were trying to get Sidi Kazungu overseas for
extensive treatment to her badly burnt face - Feri gave me so much
help getting passports organised, I/D organised, meetings with ladies
from her community, financial help and her never ending hope for all
the difficulties we had to endure which we conquered.
Visits to prisons to
help make life for prisoners better, was one of her regular jobs.
Liason with the A.P.D.K.
for people who lost a leg, help with medical cases - were all her
forte. Having been involved in the medical field, she understood all
the problems even before she saw them.
Advice over the phone
was a norm.
We were in the process
of setting up the Maisha Foundation which deals with help for injured,
cancer, deformed and critically ill patients also the Red Crescent to
help with medical and educational aid.
She was going to escort
a young boy to England who had been seriously injured in a road
accident the day before she died.
She was talking from her
hospital bed to me about taking the child to Europe - even in her
condition, she was totally selfless and thought of others only -
first a Biriyani lunch at my house and I wonder how many Valentine
cards I will get'.
She had received many
Her room at the hospital
always full of friends and flowers and gifts was much to the chagrin
of the nurses - but there was Feri with her ever happy smiling face -
worrying about other sick people.
A very cheerful person
who welcomed you into her home and her heart whenever you wanted to
Always no one was ever
Because she was so
charismatic, her family devoted their lives to look after her and her
many projects - they gave up their jobs to help Feri.
The loss to the family
and to her community is huge and to all of us in Mombasa, a sad day
A tragedy to lose such a
special person in the prime of life.
She was unique.
I hope we will be able
to carry on with all the projects she has pioneered and bring them to
conclusion in the way she would have liked.
To her family and
community, we extend our heartfelt sympathy and hope they will all
gather strength from the life of this amazing person.
Jauss, Vipingo, Mombasa.
HELPED THOUSANDS OF
NEEDY AND IMPAIRED PEOPLE
- - When
I heard from Allison Jauss that Ferial Lowe had died on Feb. 14 -
Valentine's Day - my initial reaction was one of great shock and the
great loss it will be to the many disabled, disfigured and other
impaired people still needing her help, writes NETA
But I was cheered by the
thought that on that day Ferial was, perhaps, on her way to meet her
I remember Ferial as a
very efficient nurse in the medical practice of surgeon, Mr. Jewell,
then later becoming Africa's only lady Tea Buyer.
Her husband, Don, who
was in the tea business died in a car crash leaving Ferial badly
injured and unable to walk.
She was completely
devastated by his death and in a wheelchair flung herself into
humanitarian work also as a means of filling the aching gap left by
Ferial has already been
described as Mombasa's 'Mother 'Theresa'.
- - Ferial
She has helped thousands
of needy and impaired people towards a better life as well as many
charities and causes.
It was to Ferial that
Allison Jauss turned when seeking help for Sidi Kazungu who after
falling face first into a fire when cooking at her home in Shariani,
Kilifi, was left badly disfigured.
Coming from a poverty
stricken family there was no money to go abroad and seek more
Between them and with
the help of other good-hearted folk they managed to get a leading
hospital in London to repair Sidi's face.
She is staying with Mrs.
Jauss's daughter, Tracy, in the UK and latest reports say she is doing
Just one example of
Ferial's 'helping hand' at work.
LOWE WAS A QUITE
EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEING
- - This is a belated tribute to a grand lady, Mrs. Ferial
Lowe, who passed away suddenly in February this year.
Her untimely death is a
loss to all of us who had the privilege of knowing her.
I recall a time almost
nineteen years ago when she was on Mr. John Jewell's team.
Both Ferial and John
Jewell exuded kindness, affection and great caring for their patients.
Their very modest surgery was then at the Motor Mart Building.
I have never known
Ferial not to smile.
I recall the devastating
car accident Ferial and her husband suffered near Voi, when she lost
her husband, and Ferial was partially paralysed.
such terrible odds and many setbacks, Ferial pursued a life of great
magnanimity by working as a benefactor for the poor and
underprivileged folks in Mombasa.
She was undeterred by
events in her own tragic life and never made a great issue of it.
Her smile was there,
always, and that is how I will always remember her.
May she rest in peace as
we mourn the passing of an exceptional human being.
LOWE TAUGHT US THE
LESSONS OF LIFE
- - While going through a recent issue of Coastweek,
I was shocked to learn the death of Mrs. Ferial Lowe.
I knew her for a long
time in doing bussiness with her and her great support to Mji wa
Salama (Child Welfare Society, Mombasa) where I was a treasurer.
She was an exceptional
lady, always with smile and cracking jokes.
I still remember when
she had a terrible accident when she lost both, her husband and her
legs and I thought it would be the end of her world !
She fought bravely, had
artificial legs and through moving around with her wheelchair, took
control of her husband's tea business and when I met her then I never
expected a smile on her face, the smile and the joyful spirit she
always had till the end.
She has taught us a
lesson, that through all problems in life, keep up your spirit, never
cry, look forward in life, and do something for less unfortunate
Lakhani, Edison, U.S.A.