Hackney cafe cooks up a storm for Kenya

e5 Bakehouse

e5 Bakehouse aims to raise funds for sight-restoring treatment for low-income Kenyans. Credit: e5 Bakehouse

The e5 Bakehouse in Hackney is holding three fundraising dinners this weekend to raise vital funds for two charities working in Kenya – the Ujima Bakehouse and PEEK vision.

E5 is located in a refurbished railway arch in Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, Hackney and the dinners (the next two are tonight and tomorrow) will feature East African food and music.

Every penny of the ticket price will go to the Ujima Bakehouse project. The bakery project produces high-quality bread and for every 100 loaves sold, one person receives sight-restoring treatment through the charity PEEK vision.

Ujima Bakehouse is a “not for profit social enterprise bakery” and it was set up by doctors Madeleine and Andrew Bastawrous. While living in Kenya Madeleine became well known among the people in Nakuru for her bread and cakes. Meanwhile Andrew noticed the lack of good quality eye care available in Kenya. The couple combined both of these to set up the Ujima Bakehouse with the proceeds of the bread sales going to fund eye care in Kenya.

E5 Bakehouse founder Ben Mackinnon is hoping the dinners will raise awareness of the Ujima Bakehouse and share understanding of the importance of good quality food.

Last year he flew to Kenya to help Madeleine and Andrew set up their bakehouse.

“Madeleine attended one of our courses at the E5 Bakehouse. She told me about their project in Africa and it sounded great. I went out to Kenya for five weeks and trained staff and equipped their kitchen. This weekend’s event at the E5 Bakehouse is a great way to raise the profile of this brilliant charity.”

Last night’s first fundraising dinner was attended by Madeleine and Andrew who both gave a talk explaining the work of their project.

For further information about the event and for tickets follow the link below:


To find out more about the Ujima Bakehouse project watch Andrew’s TED Talk on the link below:


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