MOUNT KISCO: This Sunday the Sawmill Club will be site of a fundraiser for the children of Rwanda.
Three popular Zumba instructors will be hosting two Master Classes — one from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and another from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The cause is Esther’s Aid, a charity that aids the poor and needy children of Rwanda. Proceeds from this event will go directly to help build “The Village of Peace,” which includes dorms for 62 students , six classrooms, a bakery, computer labs, a library and an event hall.
Cost: $30 online and $35 cash or check at the door. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The Sawmill Club is at 77 Kensico Drive, just south of the Kisco Avenue exit of the Saw Mill River Parkway.
An event organizer, Jan Marinier explains that the charity was started by Clare Effiong who is known to children in Rwanda as “Mama Clare.” Effiong lives in New Rochelle when not in Rwanda and is a native originally from Nigeria. She left her job 10 years ago when she was working for the U.N. She felt the need to go and help the children that were abandoned from the genocide there in 1994, Marinier added.
“I believe that she is our modern version of Mother Teresa. I came to know Clare four years ago when I went to a ladies meeting and heard of her plight to help the children. I am now on her board trying to get the message out so that we can raise funds for these helpless children and victims left from genocide and the effects of HIV/ AIDS,” said Mariner, who is a wife and mother of two sons, 16 and 20.
Mariner and her family hosted the first young man for dinner that Clare rescued from the bush over 10 years ago. He was living on the streets with a pack of children who had been abandoned. Today this young man has graduated with honors thanks to Clare and is helping her in Kigali, Rwanda with Esther’s Aid.
“Our family was blown away by the brilliance and genuine gratefulness of this young man named Yessu,” she said.
To register, make a donation or get more information, go to the website.