Maina Kageni boys humble Harambee Stars in a Charity Match

Maina Kageni boys humble Harambee Stars in a Charity Match

Maina Kageni boys humble Harambee Stars in a Charity Match

ON Wednesday afternoon at the Kayole Police Sub Station grounds, Maina Kageni’s assembled boys from the WEMA children’s home in Kayole played against a star studded Harambee Stars. Though it was a charity match, the boys were all smiles after managing a 3-1 win against some of Kenya’s best footballers. The team led by Harambee Stars Captain Dennis Oliech also comprised of Kevin Oliech, Patrick Oboya, Anthony Kimani, Austin Makacha and goalkeeper Michelle Katami of Radio Jambo in a seven aside exhibition match.

Former Harambee Stars coach and sports commentator Jacob Ghost Mulee was in charge of the “National Team” while the boy’s tactician was none other Classic 105 top presenter Maina Kageni, himself an ardent Manchester United and Mathare United fan.Maina Kageni has been supporting the children’s home for the past three years.

The win over the top stars, though ceremonial, radiated across the children whose smiles reflected hope, confidence and a feeling of appreciation from the visitors who dumped their busy schedule to spend the day with them in commemorating the International African Child’s day.

The visitors also brought with them goodies in form of flour, cereals, cooking oil, and rice among other foodstuffs. Books and some clothes were also brought in plenty for the children’s center which is home to over 46 parentless children.

“This is to ensure these children have food on their stomach each morning, lunch time and supper. We promise to keep closer and ensure they live a full life filled with happiness and smiles.” said Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech.

The Watoto Wema children’s centre was started in 2004 by Wasilwa Lusweti and acted as a home to five children then. The number has soared over the years and could soon overgrow its capacity. The children are aged between 3 – 17 years.

At that time, Lusweti was staying in a slum nearby. He had joined a community school and decided to venture into starting a children’s home. Lusweti was working as a supervisor at Intercontinental hotel where he was later retrenched.

The visit to the center started off with a tour around the home under the guidance of Marion a Dutch partner at Watoto Wema. The home has different rooms for boys and girls and some of the bedrooms double up as classrooms during day time.

“We started this after seeing many children deserted by families, orphaned and vulnerable roaming around the streets and the estates.” Said Lusweti.

The home’s primary concern is provision of education, food, medical care and to also ensure the children have a gutter over their head. Through the help of well-wishers, Lusweti and his partner Marion from Holland have managed to meet the challenging needs of the children.

The center is currently raising funds to build a better facility in a newly acquired land. Maina Kageni who has been supporting the center for the past two years promised to donate ton of cement towards the construction of the new children’s home.

Also joining in the noble initiative were Jacktone Ojera and Samantha who donated foodstuff to the center.Michezoafrika also donated three soccer balls and children wear.

As the world celebrates the child,what are you doing to change the life of the needy child next to you?It starts with you, make a difference in a child's life no matter how little.

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