Looks like Team Lissa is now ready to take off with everything falling into place! The latest development comes in the shape of an email of support and blessings from Nyumbani Children's Home. As my email below explains, In 2001 as budding news reporter, I did spend a day in the Home and met its Founder, the late Fr. D Agosino, a very inspiring man.
I have tried to upload the video here, however as technology has never been my forte, that proved an impossible task. Plan B is to try and share it on my facebook page, so watch out for that. But please be aware and I truly apologise in advance …. The sound and video quality are not very good, there is also the issue of embarassing commentary and finally my piece to camera is shocking!!) I was only a very young girl then starting out. :-)
What is important here is the content of the news item. I hope you will all see why I feel passionate about Nyumbani Children's Home and really want to shine a light on their efforts…
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am a contestant in this years' Face of Kenya UK (FOKUK2014). As a participant, I am required to select a charity that I feel passionate about and can support during my term (if I win).
In 2001 as a young journalist for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in Kenya, I was assigned to cover a visit by an American senate to Nyumbani Children's Home for the channel's Weekend feature. It was during this time that I got the opportunity to meet the founder of the Home, the late Fr. D Agostino and the children and spent the day together.
My experience from that day is one of the most humbling and memorable experiences of my life. Dr D Agostino's dedication to these orphaned children deeply touched my heart. I later compiled a very touching news feature which I still keep a copy of.
My reason for writing is to kindly seek permission to have Nyumbani Children's Home as my charity of choice. HIV is a scourge that has scarred our nation but we cannot sit back and do nothing. Nyumbani Children's Home is an example of this by not just housing these orphans but also campaigning for access to drugs for all and contributing to research in its laboratory.
I hope you will accept my request to use the FOKUK platform to support your very worthy course.
THE REPLY ……
Greetings from Nyumbani.
What a lovely email to receive, expressing how your covering of a senator's visit to Nyumbani in 2001 has been an inspiration in your life.
We will be very happy for you to name Nyumbani as your charity of choice for the Face of Kenya contest 2014.
We wish you every success.