Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manoah Esipisu’s wife Waithiegeni Kanguru-Esipisu has organized a “Kenyan Cuppa” funds drive to help vulnerable Kenyan children suffering from HIV/AIDS or are orphaned.
Waithiegeni through the Nyumbani UK organization is fundraising online in a campaign dubbed “humble cuppa” which is a cup of tea.
The campaign’s intent to use tea as its key driver in the fundraiser is pegged on the Kenyan heritage where a cup of tea is considered a sign of hospitality across Kenyan homes and brings about the warmth of the Kenyan culture.
Instead of offering the cup of tea, literally, well-wishers can donate what they can in monetary terms.
“Tea is the fabric on which warm Kenyan hospitality is woven and is cherished across all cultures,” she writes in https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/.
So far, the campaign has raked in Ksh33,071 (£250.00) in donations out of a target of £500 going by the figures published on the platform as of Saturday, April 25, 2020.
A virtual cuppa to bring the event to a close is set to go down on Sunday, April 26, 2020, starting 3 PM.
“Please join me for a virtual cuppa on Sunday 26 April at 3:00pm to help raise funds for Nyumbani UK; an organisation who’s work with vulnerable children in Kenya makes me immensely proud,” Waithiegeni further stated.
Nyumbani UK, a non-profit organization was incepted in 1992 by Fr Angelo D’Agostino who was also a psychiatrist. The organization has supported orphaned children and those who are HIV positive to attain education.
The Nyumbani Village in Kenya is one of the flagship projects for the organization. It has offered shelter to orphaned children and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
About 8.500 HIV positive children under Nyumbani UK outreach programme dubbed Lea Toto which was established in 1998 have been helped in attaining education and bettering their lives. The programme helps vulnerable children from poor communities in eight parts of Nairobi.