Kenyan Native In Jax Helps Establish Memorial Fund for Mall Attack Victims

Oct 16, 2013

The Westgate Memorial Fund is seeking support from both national and international donors to help the victims affected by the tragedy in Nairobi, Kenya last month.

It's been several weeks since Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the four day siege at the Westgate Mall, which left 67 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Martin Kabaki, a native of Kenya now living in Jacksonville, helped organize the fund, and said all proceeds will go to help the victims.

Nairobi's Westgate Mall
Credit Westgate Mall

“We wanted to be very accountable and very transparent,” Kabaki said. “Everyone is going to be able to see how they helped.”

The fund will help pay school fees for students who lost their parents during the attack.

The Westgate Memorial Fund and Kenyan agencies also hope to erect a monument to honor those who lost their lives.

Kabaki is no stranger to charitable causes. In 2010, he helped collect emergency supplies following a massive earthquake hit Haiti. He also helped raise money to set up a nonprofit dialysis campaign in Naivasha, Kenya, where renal failure is rising.

Details and information about each donation are posted on