The community of workers and students of Don Orione School for the Mentally Challenged in Kiharu were the latest beneficiaries of the GoGreenNaOptiven initiative. The school hosted the Optiven Foundation team to plant trees which included fruit trees at the school garden. The whole day was dedicated to different activities at the Muranga based institution.

Speaking at the event, Ann Nyaga of the Optiven Foundation advised that the GoGreen agenda is key in improving the environment for the Don Orione Community. This includes provision of shelter against the sun for the children at the institution as well as being a good source of nutrition from the different fruits from the trees.

Apart from tree planting, the Optiven Foundation team also held a mentorship session with the volunteers and workers at the institution on the important role they play as philanthropists to the students. The students interacted with the foundation team in different activities including a fun run.

To meet their basic needs, the Optiven Foundation donated different clothing and foodstuffs as part of it’s health and poverty eradication pillars. As the sunset, the team capped the visit with sharing a Valentine’s cake with the children. Mwangi Ndereba, who leads Friends of Don Orione thanked Optiven Foundation for the visit and urged more people and institutions to support the home.

According to Mwangi, the home which is supported by well wishers, has various needs such as bursaries for the students, hygiene amenities upgrade as well as a market for the bead work made by the children.  The Don Orione School for the Mentally Challenged caters for both boys and girls all of whom are resident at the school.

Because of their condition, they’re dependent on the volunteers for their upkeep and well being. With modest facilities the Community us getting along and making a difference.

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