As promised in this post, last Wednesday, 5th August,  I went to Shibuya in Tokyo where I attended the Table For Two (TFT) event aimed at raising funds for purchasing the necessary facilities and building a kitchen  in Mwandama, Zomba, Malawi. TFT provides meals at a number of primary schools in this area.

The event was well patronized. I met a lot of people and I made more than 15 new friends. Unlike the Tokyo CGM Night where participants are predominantly gaijin (foreigners), at the TFT event, apart from me, the rest of the participants were Japanese. Kozue Matsuda was the Master of Ceremonies. She did a great job. I envy her because she is pera pera (good) at both Japanese and English. When I am with her, she speaks fluent North American English. But on this day, she was speaking fluent Japanese with jokes here and there.

Mr Masa Kogure, the Director for TFT, made a great presentation about TFT’s work in Uganda and Malawi. He asked the people to make donations towards the kitchen project in Malawi and from what I saw the response was overwhelming. After the donations, as the only Malawian at the event, I was asked to make a few comments. I spoke in Japanese and English. I thanked the people for the donations. Here are the photos from the event:

At the reception

At the reception


There was a lot of food

There was a lot of food


He is cooking Nsima, Malawis and many African countries stapple food

He is cooking Nsima, Malawi's and many African countries' stapple food


Nsima with beans (nyemba in Chichewa)

Nsima with beans (nyemba in Chichewa)


As you can see, I had a good chat with the two ladies

I had a good chat with the two ladies


As you can see from the flags, apart from Malawi, Table For Two school meals are also served in Rwanda and Uganda

As you can see from the flags, apart from Malawi, Table For Two school meals are also served in Rwanda and Uganda


The Director for Table For Two International, Mr Masa Kogures presentation

The Director for Table For Two International, Mr Masa Kogure's presentation


Everyone listening attentively to Mr Kogure's presentation

Everyone listening attentively to Mr Kogure's presentation


After the fundraising exercise, people pasted stickers on the drawing on the wall

After the fundraising exercise, people pasted stickers on the drawing on the wall