On Thursday 14th September, COINS representatives made their way to the iconic House of Commons ready for the annual Nyumbani Gala Dinner. The charity is a small organisation working hard to make an incredible difference to the lives of over 4,500 children in Kenya.
Guests gathered for a drinks reception before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner where there was also a silent auction that ran throughout the evening.
All of the children that Nyumbani supports are born into extreme poverty most are orphans and many are HIV positive so their extensive work provides a vital safety net and hope for their future. They currently run; an orphanage, two schools, a polytechnic, medical facilities, housing for nearly 1,000 children and a wide reaching healthcare and educational support programme in the slums of Nairobi. Despite their existing success they still need funds to maintain and expand their primary and secondary schools to support the older children into tertiary education and vocational training for the workplace.
Having seen first hand the impact of HIV in parts of Africa, I cannot commend the work being carried out by Sr. Mary and her team highly enough, education can make such a difference to the treatment and spread of this horrendeous virus. I left the event committed to doing more to assist the Nyumbani project, it was an absolute pleasure and an honour to attend this event.Tony Ryan - Dual Hemisphere Training, Director
Sister Mary is an inspiration and the heart and soul of Nyumbani. It was an honour to attend the event and hear more about their mission.Laura Sercombe - Challengers CEO
All proceeds from the evening’s events will go towards funding the children’s education and COINS were glad to be able to show their support for this by purchasing a table at the event as well as donating various prizes for the auction.
100% of the money raised goes to the good causes and none is lost to administration and management fees – a statistic we are very proud of.Karen Steadman - Nyumbani UK
In 2004 Nyumbani took on the Kenyan government in court to fight for the right for children with HIV to attend school where they were previously banned and considered outcasts. Emerging victorious, Nyumbani’s bold actions changed the lives of not just those they care for but all HIV+ children in Kenya.
A lovely evening and we look forward to joining you again next year to celebrate what we know will be even more great achievements.