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The Order Of Malta and Blankets 4 Africa

Jul 31, 2015

Blankets4Africa

Tucked away in the green countryside between Ngong and Matasia outside Nairobi, is the Dream Children’s Home, an orphanage founded in 2004 by its director, Mrs. Rachel Gichia.

This is where, on 9th July 2015, more than 700 blankets were donated to the orphanage thanks to a project known as Blankets4Africa which receives used airline cabin blankets and bedding and works together with the Order of Malta in Kenya to distribute these to charitable institutions in Africa.

On this occasion, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, donated the cabin blankets and 9 members of its iVolunteer initiative flew to Nairobi for three days to assist with the orphanage’s activities which included painting some interior walls with paint donated by the British High Commission in Kenya and to also distribute gifts which they had personally collected.

The event was graced by  H.E. Hassan Issa Al Hosani, Minister Plenipotentiary of the UAE Embassy in Nairobi.   He was accompanied by his three daughters who happily shared their time with the Home’s children.

The Order of Malta was represented by the First Counsellor Dr. Franco De Paoli who, the previous evening, together with his wife Mrs. Marinella De Paoli, hosted a dinner at the Embassy residence for the Etihad Airways iVolunteers, representatives of the airline, the CEO of Blankets4Africa Mrs. Daria Von Weyhausen, and clearing and forwarding agents who assisted with the rapid importation of the blankets.

The Order’s newly appointed diplomatic Secretary , Mr. Sam Mattock was also in attendance and was most helpful with the logistic organization of the event.

The Dream Children’s Home is a charitable institution which takes care of destitute, orphaned and abandoned children and its goal and objectives are to restore hope and provide basic needs to the children rehabilitating them with interpersonal development skills through education, medical care, building of their self-esteem and social living skills.  The Home’s most important focus is on EDUCATION as advocated in the 2015 Millenium Development Goals.

The Dream Children’s Home is proud to have pre-school, primary and secondary school facilities for the 100 children it looks after and is always in need of aid to build more and better classroom facilities.

As Rachel Gichia said those many years ago, “My desire to care for the less fortunate started from when I was a young girl. Being brought up in a slum by a single parent, I witnessed how children were suffering after being abandoned by their parents due to excess drinking or poverty and orphans who were left destitute after the death of their parents.

I felt in my heart that all the hurting children should be taken care of by the government, yet nobody cared about them. It is because of this situation that I vowed in my heart that if I get a job in future and have my own house, I would not live to see a child suffer after losing parents but would accommodate and live with them.”

- Click here to download the Blankets4Africa newspaper article