Norm Sakamoto and Ernie Oginsky are university of Alberta (Edmonton AB) alumni/colleagues from their undergrad years. Ernie and his daughter Kathie are very involved in volunteer global humanitarian causes. The Mathare Project is one of these noble causes. After discussion over the past year (during a trip to Wriggley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles play), Ernie and Sak decided that Sakamoto Dojo would assist in this worthy endeavour. The project would involve our judoka, parents, instructors and sak's past students to support this humanitarian cause. Dr. Jigoro Kano's (the founder of Judo, 1882) direction of the Sport of Judo was to nurture "citizens of the world.". This particular focus as a Judo Dojo is clearly compatible to Kano' philosophy and principles .
Mr. Ernie Oginsky has kicked off the Sakamoto Dojo fund-raising efforts with a personal financial contribution to support a student for his/her high school education. Sakamoto Dojo and CMETrust appreciate his generosity!
CANADA-MATHARE EDUCATION TRUST (CMETrust)
Front line people from Canada Mathare Education Trust: From left to right: Benedict Kiage is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He lives in Mathare Valley with his family and so has a good understanding of life in the slum. Benedict is the coordinator of Mathare Community Educational and Development Organization in Mathare which was formed in 2001 and registered by the government. Kathie Oginsky is a CMETrust volunteer Board member and has been involved in many different volunteer roles including serving as the Board's Kenya Liaison having visited the Mathare Valley slum several times. Ernie Oginsky has been a strong supporter of CMETrust for several years and was very instrumental in helping raise over $7,000.00 by initiating the first Walk for CMETrust in the Mathare Valley slum with the assistance of Benedict and Titus. Titus Kuria is one of of the founding leaders of CMETrust. He grew up in the Mathare Valley and has a good understanding of what life is like in the slum. Titus believes that to say life in Mathare is challenging is an understatement. It's these barriers that he endeavours to alleviate through his contribution and participation in the CMETrust so that the upcoming generations could have an easier access to a better future. (Author: Ernie Oginsky)
“The ultimate goal is to provide funding for students from Mathare to complete all four years of high school and receive their secondary school diploma. We are a volunteer-run, registered Canadian charitable organization governed by a Board of Trustees and an executive committee. CMETrust has Chapters in Ottawa, Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo.”
For complete information on the Canada-Mathare Education Trust (CMETrust), please visit: www.cmetrust.org
Below is a breakdown of some of Mathare scholars’ costs to go to high school:
- $7 A geometry set and stationery;
- $20 A set of books and a scientific calculator;
- $25 An English dictionary and a Kamusi (A Swahili dictionary);
- $30 Bed sheets, a blanket, and a mattress;
- $60 Transportation to and from boarding school;
- $90 A school uniform;
- $300 Funding for half a year;
- $600 Funding for one year.
Norm Sakamoto (“SAK”)
Dojoshu - Sakamoto Judo Dojo Institute