Adelphi University donates to Kenyan orphanage, school

Adelphi University has donated approximately 50 surplus chairs and tables for use in an orphanage and school near Nairobi, Kenya, another chapter of the university community’s support for the good work of the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation.

Anne M. Mungai, interim dean of Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, noted that the university also provided laptop computers to the school a few years ago and Adelphi volunteers have visited to work with and for the children, including three alumni who made the trip last summer.

“Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others.’ It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are,’” Mungai said. “We become human when we extend our humanity to others. Adelphi reaching out to others in Kenya shows our humanity and our international perspective that the world is a global village.”

In 2005, the home for orphans in Wangige, Kenya, opened and later expanded to become a school for other vulnerable children in the area. Today, it serves 40 orphans and more than 200 students total at the kindergarten through eighth grade school.

The foundation is a memorial tribute to Caroline Wambui Mungai, who believed that “every child should be given an opportunity to succeed.” Caroline was in her first year of a master’s program in early childhood education at Adelphi and dreamed of becoming a teacher and helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The foundation has regular fundraising breakfast events – the next scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. For more, contact George Mungai at (516)859-2294 or TheCWM[email protected]. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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