Dr. Vijoo Rattansi OGW

Vijoo is one of Kenya’s most dedicated philanthropists.  She is Chair of the Rattansi Educational Trust, Slums Information and Development Resource Centre (SIDAREC), and Chair of the Governors at Highway Secondary School, Nairobi. 

She is also Trustee of the Michael Blundell Trust. Centre for Africa Families Studies, (CAFS), Nothern Kenya Educational Fund, (NKEF) and Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa.

Vijoo received an honorary Doctorate from Moi University in 2006 and the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) – Kenya’s highest civilian decoration – in 2005.

Vijoo has been Chair of Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund Kenya since its inception, and has been instrumental in networking to help our organization flourish. 

She is passionate about children’s issues and will go to great lengths to ensure no child goes without education or essential health care.  Vijoo enjoys swimming and reading, and adores her large brood of Jack Russells.

Dr. Kahaki Kimani

Medical Director / Treasurer

Kahaki leads the Kenyatta National Hospital Rb Team and the Kenya National Retinoblastoma Strategy Group.  She is at the pinnacle of a dedicated community of professionals who daily manage the care of children affected by eye cancer in Kenya. 

As Medical Director of DECF-Kenya and a lecturer in ophthalmology at the University of Nairobi, Kahaki strives to bring awareness to retinoblastoma among the medical community and general public. 

She strongly believes that a brighter future can be created for her young patients through diligent team efforts and focused collaboration with colleagues across the country and around the world. 

Melvin D’Lima

A dentist with wide interests in the medical profession, Melvin is the current secretary of the Kenya Dental Association and Life Coach with Peak Performance International.  He is also undertaking studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture in Nairobi. 

Melvin’s knowledge and commitment to professional growth and development, and his strong people skills and practical approach to work has made him an able secretary.  He has also brought much networking experience to DECF Kenya. 

Michel Ongaro
Director and Parent Ambassador

Michel was born in 1980, in what was then Kericho District.  As a child, he lost both eyes to retinoblastoma, but has never let that hold him back.  Michel discovered a natural flair for music at a young age.  After completing high school, he plunged into the music industry, where he has found success as a vocalist, multi instrumentalist, arranger and teacher.

Audiences have been captivated by Michel’s rich Tenor voice and guitar.  He tours and teaches internationally and has played private concerts for diplomats in Kenya, including the US Ambassador.. 

Michel became a trustee of Daisy’s eye cancer fund in 2009 and serves with passion and deep insight.  As a retinoblastoma survivor, creating awareness about this form of eye cancer has been personally very fulfilling.
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