Leo Matunga Memorial Fees

Categories: News / Uncategorized / Comments OffPosted on: May 29, 2017

 

Dear Partners:

Many of you have heard the sad news that Leo Matunga passed away in Nairobi on May 21st.  As a pivotal member of the humanitarian nutrition community, we want the opportunity to raise money as a small way to offer support to Leo’s family with extra costs in the coming weeks and months.

Leo was deployed by IRC to Juba, South Sudan and on Wednesday 17th May, he went on a field trip to Ganyliel in Panyijar county, Unity state, and collapsed on Friday morning. He was evacuated to Nairobi the same day, and was reported to have improved. Unfortunately in the morning on Sunday 21st, Leo had a cardiac arrest and passed away. Leo’s body is still in Nairobi and plans are underway for the body to be transported to Zimbabwe.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Leo and his family have always maintained a base in Harare. Leo worked for different NGOs and UNICEF in Darfur, Pakistan, Kenya, Afghanistan, and others over the past fifteen + years. He left behind many friends and colleagues in all of these places. Leo was one of the finest and most dedicated emergency nutritionists and nutrition cluster coordinators I’ve known. He always had a kind word, gift, big laugh, and hug when you saw him. His presence was unmistakable and he truly helped shape the humanitarian nutrition coordination that we employ today.

Leo is survived by his loving wife Victoria and four children, as well as many nephews and family members. Any money raised will be transferred directly to Victoria’s bank from UNFCU. Click on the link to donate: gf.me/u/kxcr8

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