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How Daddy Owen Is Helping Kids Heal by Raising Awareness

Owen Mwatia, also known as Daddy Owen, is a famous Kenyan gospel musician and the founder of the Malaika Disability Foundation. Through his foundation, Daddy Owen is dedicated to creating a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

A man of both melody and mission, Daddy Owen found a natural ally for his foundation in AIC-CURE Children’s Hospital of Kenya (CURE Kenya), a pediatric orthopedic hospital that offers world-class surgical care in a gospel-centered environment for children with treatable physical disabilities. CURE serves children from some of the most remote areas in Kenya and provides services at no cost to children or their families, thanks to the generous support of donors.

“My charity work is influenced by the fact that I lost one of my eyes in 2001, and it made me understand how persons with disabilities face a lot of stigma,” Daddy Owen said. “Working with CURE has been a beautiful journey because we share the same vision, and our collaboration has helped many children in Kenya to receive more corrective surgeries. I enjoy working with CURE because we share similar core values,  and are both Christian-based. In addition, the staff at CURE are very friendly and totally supportive!”


How the Partnership Began


Daddy Owen with the guests of honor during a Night To Shine event.


Daddy Owen’s collaboration with CURE Kenya began in 2019 when he attended a children’s prom hosted by the hospital called Night to Shine. The event is an unforgettable prom experience celebrating God’s love for people with special needs. The annual event celebrates people with special needs and offers a Valentine’s Day to remember. Daddy Owen helped entertain the guests of honor—the children—with his music and presence.


During a home visit to see CUREkid Moses, Daddy Owen encouraged him that after surgery at CURE Kenya, he would be walking pain-free on straight feet!


One of the hallmarks of Daddy Owen’s partnership with CURE Kenya is his hands-on involvement with the hospital and its initiatives, from visiting children’s homes to raising awareness about CURE’s transformative work. Through his social media platforms, Daddy Owen has also drawn attention to CURE Kenya’s life-transforming work for children with disabilities.


After the Ability Walk, Daddy Owen and his friend went to see the patients staying in the ward.


Daddy Owen’s efforts also go beyond traditional charity work. The Ability Walk, an event organized by Daddy Owen in collaboration with CURE Kenya, is an example of his innovative approach to fundraising. Such events raise funds that help CURE provide life-changing surgeries for more children and foster a sense of community among those who participate.

The partnership between CURE Kenya and Daddy Owen is an excellent example of what can happen when people who share the same dream unite to do more for those in greatest need. In a world marked by hardships for children made vulnerable by disabilities, CURE’s partnership with Daddy Owen is producing real-life change. It is evident in the smiles of the children and their guardians whose lives have been transformed.



How You Can Get Involved

Join us today and be part of our mission to help kids heal! Click this link to find out how you can partner with CURE.

Learn more about how you can volunteer and help advance CURE’s mission to bring needed surgical care and demonstrate the gospel to children in need.



About AIC-CURE Children’s Hospital of Kenya

CURE Kenya has been a place of hope since opening its doors in 1998. We were Africa’s first orthopedic teaching hospital when it opened in Kijabe. More than just providing life-changing surgeries, CURE cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of all our patients. Our teaching hospital has 47 beds, four operating rooms, and an outpatient clinic.

Contact Us

CURE Kenya’s mission is to provide every child living with a disability the physical, emotional, and spiritual care they need to heal. If you have questions about becoming a patient or a partner with CURE, please contact us.

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