We are very excited to have Kathleen Matthews as our Master of Ceremonies for Nyumbani’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala, September 22, 2017 in Washington D.C. Joe D’Agostino, brother of Nyumbani founder Fr. D’Agostino, generously shared the below account of Kathleen’s long standing support of Nyumbani and MC tradition.
Fr. D’Agostino met Kathleen Matthews at the first Nyumbani Benefit in 1993. Kathleen and her husband were friends with Fr. William George, SJ, and Fr. George had invited Kathleen to be the Master of Ceremonies at this premier event. This invitation began Kathleen’s long friendship and involvement with Nyumbani. In fact, Kathleen has been very faithful in being the MC of every one of Nyumbani’s twenty-four Gala’s since that date.
Both Kathleen and Chris wanted their children to become familiar with social issues overseas. On several occasions, the Matthews took their children to Africa to witness their lifestyle firsthand. They always spent time visiting Nyumbani and allowing their children to get to know the children of Nyumbani.