Please join us at the “11th Annual Abeingo Tuko Pamoja Fundraising Dinner and Dance”, Saturday Nov 30th 2019 6:00 p.m. 1275 Mississauga Valley BLVD Mississauga ON. Adults-$50. Children 9-13-$20. Children < 9-free. For tickets call Shelmith 647.534.8308or email


A community that thrives  on goodwill and partnerships

Remembering our colleague Derick Lwugi

We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of Derick Lwugi, an Abeingo Board member, who was a passenger on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed on the morning of 10 March 2019 near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Derick’s death is a devastating loss, not just to Abeingo Association of Canada, but for the entire Kenyan community in Canada as a whole. He was a great ambassador for the organization, embodying and upholding its spirit and ideals. Derick was very involved with his church and was passionate about leading others to Jesus Christ. He belonged to various community groups and was very active within Abeingo Association of Canada and the KCA- Kenya Calgary Association. Derick was an embodiment of Abeingo Association of Canada goals – uplifting the less fortunate in society. He had a huge heart for people and loved bringing others together for fellowship and worship. He enjoyed connecting with people and would often organize fund raisers and hospital visits. He believed the emotional and psychological returns earned from helping the less fortunate are enormous. His main interest was ensuring that youth thrive and that their circumstances does not hinder their ability to exploit their potential. He championed Abeingo programs including those the focus on mentorship programs as well as career counselling for youth. Upon moving to Calgary, Derick mobilized members of the Kenyan Community in the City and formed the Kenyan Community in Calgary (KCA) in 2008. He served as the first President of the organization until 2012. He volunteered as an assistant pastor at the Trumpet Call International Ministries serving in the Ogden Community of South East Calgary. Derick had a special gift of hospitality and will be remembered for his warm smile, contagious laugh and his love of family. Derick was a very devoted, loving husband and father and spent his life loving and nurturing his family and friends. He was a hard worker, having a successful accounting career at the City Of Calgary. Derick is survived by his loving family; wife Gladys; children, Angel Kivia (21 years), Prince Lwugi Kivia (19 years) and Melody Kivia (17 years) all of Calgary, Alberta, parents Mark and Elizabeth and 10 siblings.

Dedicated to mobilizing Western Kenyan diaspora (Abana be ingo) and developing innovative ways of improving communities.



Abeingo Association of Canada (Abeingo) is an Ontario-based not for profit, non-political and non-denominational membership association that seeks to empower members economically through social support.




Bursary Beneficiary                                            I am grateful to Abeingo, great pioneers in my life. Once again i say thank you for the support you gave me to pursue my high school now a student at Pwani University in Kenya, pursuing bachelors in science in Biochemistry. Thank you, Eugene Mwanza. First year student Biochemistry Major, Pwani University Kenya



Abeingo Association of Canada is a membership organization. Our membership is open to all communities, though our core membership is drawn from Kenyans in the diaspora who hail from Western Kenya living in Canada (Abana be ingo).
We seek to elevate the Abeingo community by developing the next generation of leaders and promoting greater awareness of our community and culture to the Canadian mainstream. We are comprised of professionals and college students who are passionate and committed towards advancing the well-being of Abeingo Association in Canada.
We strive to provide and cater to the needs of our community so that it can prosper and thrive within the fabric of the Canadian society. We do this by nurturing a community of smart, creative, and interesting people: our members.
Membership is by invitation only.





Our cause. Abeingo helps members empower themselves and transform society through the power of collaboration.

Our value proposition. Abeingo connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement within the association community.

Our promise. Abeingo provides exceptional experiences, a vibrant community, and essential tools that make you and your organization more successful.

Our guarantee. Our goal is to provide truly exceptional offerings and service, and we won’t be happy until you are.



Trust – uphold the public’s trust through responsible management of resources
Inclusiveness – recognize, respect,
collaborate with and respond to the diversity within the association
Respect – interact with and support all people in a fair and honest manner that accepts diverse contexts and abilities
Quality – strive for excellence in all of the programs and services we offer
Adaptability – be flexible and responsive to challenges and opportunities and continually evolve as an organization.



Support members. Abeingo members of all ages and careers come together to support each other and the community they love. By pooling their resources, members can increase the impact of their giving.
Build knowledge. Abeingo is the definitive source for ideas, tools, and resources for the diaspora.
Foster community wellbeing. Abeingo’s exceptional programs enable the association community to consistently produce superior results.
Network. Abeingo engages and collaborates with other associations, government and industry partners in a diverse, global, welcoming community.



Our mission is to enhance members’ quality of life through creating and facilitating community programs, individual/family services and partnerships with other like-minded organizations as well as preserve the Abeingo cultural heritage.




Abeingo members. Photo Courtesy Everett Wakoli

Abeingo Association of Canada is a membership organization. Our membership is open to all communities, though our core membership is drawn from Kenyans in the diaspora who hail from Western Kenya living in Canada (Abana be ingo).
Membership is by invitation only


Member benefits

Being a member of Abeingo confers one with the following benefits


Abeingo provides bereavement support to its members in terms of financial and social support.

The death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Bereavement can be even harder if you are live in the diaspora. It can make you feel very alone because you are far away from family members. Being with others who have similar experiences and who do understand what you are going through can be vital at this time.


                 Dr. Ken Simiyu shares with us his experience below;

“To lose your loved one through death is a very traumatic experience. In the Diaspora the level of trauma is unexplainable. When you lose a loved one in the Diaspora, you suddenly realise that you have to mourn for your loved one and still manage all the processes to ensure that your loved one is provided with a warm sendoff. You realise that where you would be treated as a ‘child’ if in Kenya, where all the decisions are made by older relatives, family members often look to those in the Diaspora to be the ultimate decision-maker and to provide financial support. In the midst of your bereavement you have to provide time for people who come to express their condolences. That is why you need a community support group like Abeingo. Members help to lessen the burden when one is bereaved by providing comfort and support and helping you manage arragments.”

Financial support

Death is unplanned; it takes the sick, the young, the old, and the strong.  Being bereaved has significant financial implications. One needs funds urgently to travel home or assist in funeral expenses. In addition bills need to be paid.

Yet there is no way to get a cash payment quick enough to cover funeral expenses.

Members of Abeingo have pooled resources to support each other financially whenever a member is bereaved. This is in form of a pre-determined amount that is instantly provided to all members whenever they loose a loved one. The funds can be used by a bereaved member to travel to Kenya to be with their loved ones at their final send off, pay for funeral arrangements and pay bills in Canada while the member has traveled.

Social support

Being a member of Abeingo can decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness and provide a community that helps you to process feelings of grief and loss. Group members not only support each other by validating and normalizing their experiences and emotions but they can learn coping skills from each other. The opportunity to share your narrative and be able to grieve openly helps to start the journey to recover


Abeingo members benefit from low interest loans. These loans assist individuals with money for rent, moving expenses, security deposit, car repair or used car purchase, and business expenses. The loan terms are very favourable.




Throughout the year members are supported through various personal activities through the welfare committee of the association. Abeingo members can assist each other put up birthday parties, graduation events and prayer events for those who are sick. We also have summer barbeques whereby we invite guests to showcase the organization.

Become a member

Any person over the age of 18 meeting the eligibility criteria can request to become a member of Abeingo Association of Canada. Here are the steps to join:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the constitution
  2. Subscribe to the objectives of the association,
  3. Apply to become a member
  4. Get two members to support your application
  5. Pay membership fees

Click here to top up your account after a members bereavement, and other payments