Dec 23, 2015
Amref Health Africa Group CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi yesterday joined children at the Dagoretti Child in Need Centre and their families for an end-of-year get-together party at the centre.
Dr Gitahi and his wife, Kagendo, presented each of the 100 families with a 2kg packet of wheat flour, in addition to food hampers given to them by the project to tide them over the holiday season. Each child and all family members present also received a pair of shoes donated by Tom's Shoe International.
Emphasising the importance of family, Dr Gitahi reminded the parents that it was their responsibility to instil discipline and moral values in their children, to support their education and to facilitate their spiritual nourishment.
He told the parents that they had a huge role to play in the success of thei children in school. He shared his own experience, saying that he came from a humble background of coffee pickers, but his mother ensured he went to school and was actively involved in his education, hence his success.
Dr Gitahi assured the Dagoretti community that Amref Health Africa was committed to keeping the centre running despite recent funding challenges that had led to scaling down of some activities. He thanked the staff and community health workers for their hard work in ensuring that vulnerable children including orphans, street children and children from poor families received education, vocational training and health care, and that they were reunited with their families and reintegrated into the community.