On November 30, 2019 Abeingo Association Canada held the 11th Annual Fundraising diner in aid of orphans and other vulnerable children in Kenya. The guest of honor was Ms. Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director of Africans in Partnership Against Aids, a Toronto based charitable AIDS service non- profit organization. The organization serves communities of African origin in the GTA through education providing support that is culturally appropriate.
In her speech, Ms. Ongoiba lauded the Abeingo Association Canada initiative to provide material and financial support to HIV/AIDs orphans in Kenya which was in tune with this year’s UNAIDS – World AIDS Day theme of “Community Making a Difference”. Ms. Ongoiba said that however small the individual contributions are, when put together it makes a difference in child’s life. The event was well attended by many people from the Kenyan Canadian community, who always look forward to what has now become an annual ritual on their calendar.
As has been the tradition at such events, two Kenyan Canadians were honored for outstanding community service; Ms. Zipporah Malemo and the late Mr. Derick Lwugi who was honored posthumously. Derick Lwugi died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash near Addis Ababa in March 2019.
Abeingo Association has been active in the Greater Toronto Area community for more than a decade with their volunteers providing community service including; Kiswahili language teaching among the youth, assisting new Canadians integrate, Peer health education and support to seniors and such fund raising activities that focus on providing material and financial assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in Kenya.