U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the American Corner (AC) Mombasa, partnered with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Mombasa to explain and share the meaning of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. AC Mombasa Coordinator Biasha O. Seif led the celebration involving over 200 people from the area.
AC Coordinator Seif explained that Thanksgiving is a secular holiday and is a time when American families share a meal, express gratitude for what they have, and often volunteer their time to feed those less fortunate. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is observed in the United States at the end of November, but for the community groups in Mombasa, it was an early celebration involving the giving of donations. The NGOs included Old Town Community Workers, Soul Sisters Network, Mombasa Yes We Can Group, Al Aman Group and the Al Muktadir Association for Physically Handicapped. These groups gave hygienic packs, drinking water, plates, spoons and cups to the inmates at the Shimo La Tewa Borstal Institution. Inmates at Shimo La Tewa Borstal are young men between 15-17 years old and stay at the institution for no more than 3 years. AC Coordinator Seif urged the youth to consider the good things in their lives and to look for ways they can contribute to the well-being of their communities.