NAIROBI, December 25 – The Capital Group on Wednesday donated Sh120,000 plus food, clothing and other amenities to the Havilla Children’s Home this festive season.
Capital FM Programmes Director Seanice Kacungira pointed out that the initiative fell under the Capital Group’s corporate social responsibility, and urged every company to follow suit.
“To me, giving back is not something that you do because you are generous; it is actually something that you are required to do,” Ms Kacungira stressed.
“So many of us could be in IDP camps, so many of us could be born into families that did not have the ability to educate us but we have been born into families that were able to do so,” she went on to explain.
The children at the home also spoke to Capital News and this is what they had to say.
“I am feeling very nice, thank you very much and may God bless you,” said one shyly.
“We will study very hard at school so that we may be blessed and even be able to help other children,” said another.
Ms Kacungira also called on the youth to exercise self restraint during this festive season by not indulging in alcohol abuse or other social vices.
She emphasised the importance of them reaching out to the needy and assisting them, pointing out that other than benefiting the poor, this will instil discipline in the young people.
“It is not only Christmas time that requires you to give. It is throughout the year. So even as you drink and make merry, let’s remember the real reason for Christmas.”
“It is good to have fun, but be responsible and make sure that you do not over do it, enjoy yourself but be safe,” she added.
A volunteer at the Children’s Home Joseph Kamau said such donations have an amazing effect on the children.
“These kids, when they interact with people who care for them, they really feel loved. They feel like part of the society and it makes their day,” said Mr Kamau. “Having something on the table, having a book for school; it really makes them very happy.”
Most of the children living at Havilla children’s home are orphans. Founded in 2003 by Joseph Kamau, the orphanage is located in Githurai, just outside Nairobi.
It started out with 15 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, but now supports about 50 young ones, including 12 members of the Daraja African Children’s Choir.