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MCA behind Serena’s charity initiative feted during celebrations

A Member of the County Assembly from Makueni County who invited Tennis superstar, Serena Williams to carry out a series of charitable projects in Kenya has been honoured by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Dickson Mutaiti, was among hundreds who were feted as heroes during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebration in Machakos county.

He was recognised for building and renovating 11 secondary schools in his ward and other areas across Makueni and Kibwezi West constituencies.

Mutaiti first met Serena in 2005 and implored on her to invest in education in his home area.

The tennis icon was receptive to the request and visited Kenya twice in 2008 and 2010.

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During the two visits, Serena Williams commissioned two schools, the Matooni Secondary School and Serena Williams Wee Secondary School.

Humbling recognition

Speaking to the Nation by phone, Mutaiti was elated and said the honour was a humbling recognition.

He said the honour would energise his resolve to partner with sponsors and well-wishers to support the needy in the society.

The Serena Williams Wee Secondary School was built through a partnership between the Build African Schools initiative – an American non profit making organization – and Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest technology firm.

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The partnership sees schools constructed by Build African Schools which will then be fully equipped by Hewlett Packard with state of the art computers and printers.

Solar Power and the internet will also be installed at each school.

By building schools and equipping them with electricity, computers and other teaching aids, Build African Schools and Hewlett Packard offers children educational opportunities and choices that will ultimately empower them to determine their own future.

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