By Sheila Kimani (@sheilakimm)
Remember days when Chapatis were a rare commodity in Kenyan households to the extent that they would be specially prepared on major occasions? Children would all gather into specific households when the chapatti aroma spread out?
Well, it was an almost similar scenario at the Moi Avenue Primary School last weekend when Denis Itumbi, Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya, chose to celebrate his birthday party with street families in Nairobi.
Conveniently located in the Nairobi CBD, Itumbi and fellow volunteers mobilized street families across Nairobi informing them that food, donations and entertainment would be availed at the school in an event that would run from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and by 5:30 am, many had already lined up at the school in anticipation.
Despite the potential risk of scrambling and disorganization amongst the street families, many kept calm and even helped towards the chapatti cooking forum. By end of day, family, friends and celebrities were all present at the venue to spread the love and share lunch with Nairobi Street families.
With different teams handling different itineraries, it was impressive to see KTN’s House of Kawangware cast putting their chapo cooking skills at work at the House of Kawangware Kitchen. After a day of team work, the street families left with donations after having a day quite different from many others.
“The aim was to spread the love and extend what we have with the street families. Knowing that I loved chapos growing up and would always put them on top of my visiting day shopping lists back in boarding school, I felt and knew that it would be a great way to spread love to them also,” Denis Itumbi told SDE.