Last Thursday COINS Foundation got their glad-rags on and headed to the House of Commons to support a wonderful cause – the Nyumbani Fundraising Gala Dinner. This annual event is always a great success with everybody digging deep to support such a great cause and this year was no exception with 145 attendees raising a phenomenal £120,000.

COINS Foundation have supported Nyumbani for a number of years. Nyumbani is small charity making a difference to the lives of over 4,000 children in Kenya – children born into poverty and affected by HIV. Nyumbani provides a vital safety net and hope for the future. An orphanage in the heart of Nairobi for those that have lost their parents, outreach programmes in the slums of Nairobi, infamously the worst in the world, which provides life-saving medicine and education, and schools in the Nyumbani village in a remote area three hours east of Nairobi.

Remarkably, thanks to the success of the anti retro-viral medicines, many of the children are growing up into young adolescents. However, for the secondary and tertiary schools this presents a fresh challenge – funding more expensive education as the children get older. Now over half the children they support are over 14. The theme of this year’s gala dinner was therefore to help fund tertiary education which will provide the vital skills to the children in order to equip them for work in later life and so break the cycle of poverty.

The Gala Dinner at the House of Commons is our main fundraising event of the year. It is always a great event in such a prestigious setting, this year we were fortunate enough to have the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt as our guest speaker. We were delighted by the event’s success this year raising in excess of £120k. We would like to thank COINS Foundation for their continued support of our charity and the work that we do.

Mike Elms, Trustee of Nyumbani UK and Hotcourses Foundation