In Support & Partnership – Nyumbani UK Update

Dear Friends of Nyumbani,

We hope you have read Sister Mary Owen’s recent update of activities in Kenya during this time. The UK Board sends our support and partnership to the staff in Kenya while they work to protect and care for the children of Nyumbani. They are going the extra mile to prevent the spread of the virus by restricting visitors, receiving training on COVID-19 prevention, wearing protective clothing, regular temperature checking and of course, practising social distancing.

Although the schools are now closed in Kenya, the children are able to watch and listen to daily lessons and education TV every morning which was organised by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). This keeps the children in the Village busy along with attending to their routine household duties. The Village has strict restrictions on visitors, so the staff, children and grandparents are now quarantined inside the Village.

During this time, as we look to support and partner with the magnificent efforts of our team on the ground in Kenya, the UK Board is pleased to welcome three new board members to help in that effort: Mr Duncan Bagshaw, Mr David Grunberg and Mrs Waithiegeni Kanguru-Esipisu.

Duncan Bagshaw is a Partner at Howard Kennedy LLP. He specialises in international arbitration and litigation with particular focus on the energy sector and Africa-related disputes. Duncan has extensive experience in Africa, particularly in East Africa, having lived and worked in the region. He has worked on many cases involving African law and is a frequent visitor to Kenya. We could not be more pleased that Duncan has joined Nyumbani to share his professional expertise in Africa along with his personal passion to join our efforts to empower the children of Nyumbani through our Beacons of Excellence in Education Initiative.

David Grunberg, BA, FCA is a Consultant at Grunberg & Co which he founded in May 1990 and is a Chartered Accountant. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in various industries and is a proud council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales London Council, having been selected by his fellow peers in the profession for this forward-thinking approach. Nyumbani UK is honoured that David has chosen to add Nyumbani to his philanthropic work. With David’s passion for motor racing, perhaps we can convince him to drive to Nyumbani Village for his first visit.

Waithiegeni Kanguru-Esipisu is a communications professional and a community organiser with a deep interest in human rights, economic upliftment of vulnerable persons and constitutional issues. She has served as a Board Director of the Kenya Film Commission and is a well-known member of the Kenya diaspora. She moved to London in 2018 with her husband HE Manoah Esipisu who is currently serving as the High Commissioner of Kenya. Her unique perspective will add a new depth to the work of the UK Board.

In closing, we echo the words of Martin Schreiber, US Board President: “We have a new and unique opportunity to bring together those who support the children and the mission of Nyumbani”

We are grateful to you, our supporters, and to Duncan, David and Waithiegeni for joining us at this unique time. Thank you, and we wish good health to you and your communities.

With all good wishes, in support and partnership.

Celeste Shirvani

Chairperson – Nyumbani UK

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