Submitted by Doris Mayoli, Founder of Twakatukuza Trust:
Twice every year, Twakutukuza (Twa) Trust, together with various partners, Friends of Twa, past and current Twa Choir Members, visit the cancer support group at the Nairobi Hospice. The main aim of the support group is to encourage each member despite whatever stage of treatment they are at (whether as a cancer patient, victor or care giver). The group has thirty to thirty five members who attend the sessions every Thursday.
This year we had the privilege of visiting the support group on Thursday 15, August 2013 and were welcomed warmly by Lynette Kitui – Social worker at the hospice and the Hospice CEO. We had a time of song and devotion with the members. Another visiter to this centre on this particular day, was Mishka Cira who had come to train them on various forms of hand massage to alleviate pain.
Doris Mayoli (founder Twa Trust) Pastor Nyambura (Mavuno Church) and Lynnete Kitui (Nairobi Hospice)
The hospice support group is one of those that Twa raises funds for. The monies raised go towards essential household shopping for the members. Other donations include clothes, breast prosthesis, bras, shoes etc. From the funds raised, we managed to purchase for each member a packet of all purpose floor, another of porridge flour, cooking fat, green grams/beans, rice, sugar, tealeaves, salt, a bar of soap, vaselin, a scouring pad and box of matches. One Twa choir member donated bales of maize flour out of which each member received a packet. The balance will be used to prepare lunch at future meetings.
It was a day well spent and as Twa, we would like to give special thanks to the following people: The Reids from Mariners Church who took time off their busy schedule to be with us. Scott Reid, an Elder at Mariners church, individually prayed over and anointed any person that requested it. This went a long way in comforting the members.
Thank you to Pastor Nyambura and Pastor Jack, both of Mavuno Church, for accompanying the team from Mariners and lending capacity at the event; Naivas Supermarket – Greenhouse took time to pack our shopping into individual goodie bags for each patient – This kind gesture saved us time and manpower on our end; Caroline Kithinji (previous Twa choir member) and her daughter who attended the event – We are also grateful for the bales of unga that they brought; Twa members and Friends of Twa who happily came to help out and sing, and also to those who weren’t able to join us but generously donated toward the goodie bags.