Giving Fridays Initiative makes its first donation to the surrounding community

By Aquillah Onchana

Recently, the Development Office, represented by Solomon Mainye, Esther Kairungu and Aquillah Onchana and Pamela Mukami from the Gender, Equity and Protection Office presented the first batch of donations from the Giving Fridays Initiative to three institutions located in Marurui. These institutions included:

  • The Wings of Compassion Rescue Home in Marurui that houses 30 orphaned and vulnerable teenage girls who become young mothers because of assault or child marriages.
  • Dorothy Children’s Home on Thika Road that houses 30 rescued girls and teens from the Roysambu community.
  • Marurui United Youth Organization (MUYOG) – A community-based organization that has collaborated with USIU-Africa and the office of the MCA in various community-oriented projects. Their mission and responsibility is to empower the youth from low-income backgrounds such as the slum areas, to be more economically independent, enabling them to move away from drugs and crime.

The In-Kind Giving Program is a project by USIU-Africa where students, alumni, staff and faculty donate clothes, shoes, bags and books that are then given to the less fortunate in the surrounding community. The items are collected outside the cafeteria through the Giving Fridays initiative. The main collection happens every last Friday of the month.

With the help of volunteers, these donations are sorted, put into bags, tagged and stored until beneficiaries are identified and a day is set to disburse the donations. There were two collections in the month of April and May where 50 bags of clothes, shoes, books and beddings were donated.

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