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Obama’s brother, Mark Ndesandjo, recognised for charity work in Shenzhen

Posted: 11/6/2012 10:00 am

There is an Obama whose contributions to society do not divide opinion, and he lives right here in Shenzhen.

Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, was among 21 people recognized for outstanding charity work on the 20th anniversary of the opening of Shenzhen Social Welfare Center on Friday, according to Shenzhen Daily.

Obama’s contribution was to voluntarily teach piano to orphans at the center over the past 10 years. He also donated musical instruments.

Ndesandjo came to Shenzhen 10 years ago and married a woman from Henan Province in 2008. One of Ndesandjo’s students is Bao Luhua, who suffers from a cleft palate and impaired hearing. Ndesandjo taught Bao for seven years, until the now-21-year-old man started a career in a private company.

American K. Tamra, pictured, was also recognised for her charity work.

To learn more about helping Chinese orphans, click here.

Ndesandjo arrived in Shenzhen in 2002, and wrote a book titled Nairobi to Shenzhen to document his experiences. He was flown to Washington to attend his brother’s swearing in as President in January 2009.  He’s also apparently working on another book, this one about his father.

Ndesandjo is also part owner of the Cabin BBQ restaurant chain.

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