Also read this report in 'The Asian'. Click image to enlarge.

Also read this report in ‘The Asian’. Click image to enlarge.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi has run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since1985.

During the month of May 2018, Rotary Club of Nairobi will carry out the second Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication eye camp for the Rotary Year 2017/18 (targeting another 200 plus cataract surgeries).

During January 2018, over 216 cataract surgeries took place in Kisumu. This was a three day eye camp. Patients were screened and transported from neighboring towns. They were  accommodated, fed and operated on and thereafter transported safely back to the​ir towns. The surgeries were performed at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital with patients from Kericho, Kapsabet, Kisii, Siaya, Ahero and Kisumu. The cataract surgeries were performed by Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi and his team. Patients were accommodated at Jalaram School.

Picture of Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

The eye surgeries performed have led to the restoration of vision to many beneficiaries and this has in turn enabled them to earn a livelihood and leads to a direct positive impact on their immediate families and community, thus leading to economic empowerment (besides the focus area of disease prevention).

In the past 30 years, over 16,000 free cataract operations have taken place by this program by the Rotary Club of Nairobi (RCN).

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Rotary Club of Nairobi was assisted by Prime Bank Limited (Rtn Amar Kantaria and team) to organize and execute a fundraising golf tournament on 24th February 2018 held at Vet Labs. 75% of the net proceeds from the fundraising golf tournament are allocated towards the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication eye camp which is tentatively scheduled to take place between 6-8th April 2018 in Kisumu. This particular eye camp will be targeting 200 plus cataract operations. The remaining 25% of the net proceeds from the fundraising golf tournament are to be allocated towards a sanitation block for the physically challenged (Jamhuri Primary School sanitation block).

Rotary Club of Nairobi carried out a very successful eye camp with 216 plus cataract operations during January 2018 in Kisumu. The funds raised from this tournament are to be used for the next eye camp. These eye camp/ Cataract surgeries address both disease eradication and economic development areas of focus.

Rotary Club of Nairobi had much reason to celebrate during the meeting on 8th March 2018. Some Rotarians from the Club have in the past few weeks celebrated their birthdays:

  • Rtn PP Manilal (Manu) Chandaria OBE, EBS,
  • Rtn Surendra (Suli) Shah
  • Rtn Mary Coulson MBE
  • Rtn Jacob Ikiara
  • Rtn PP Elizabeth Kimkung
  • Rtn Irina Wandera

In addition to this, 8th March marks International Women’s Day. The guest speaker for the day was Susan Muchemi, Business development manager, global sales and institutional partnerships Vision Spring, together with Rtn Ruth Mugo. The talk enlightened us on the topic “See To Earn, Learn and Be Safe”, which is in line with one of Rotary Club of Nairobi’s signature projects- Eye Camps.

Rotary Club of Nairobi members thereafter celebrated International Women’s Day.

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Read this article about the event in the ‘The Asian Weekly’

Rotarians gathered on February 10, 2018 to have a fun evening at the cinemas for the premiere of Padman to raise funds for a good cause. In the past, we held many such movie events, but this one was the first movie fundraising event held for few years. Padman is a movie about an individual who was/is passionate about a cause – health and hygiene.

Rotary Club of Nairobi (RCN) carries out several community and other projects. ‘Clean water and Sanitation’ is one of 6 of Rotary’s areas of focus and during the interval, visuals of several Club projects were shown and this raised awareness for several projects.

The proceeds of this event will contribute toward a sanitation/ablution block to be built at Jamhuri Primary School. Sanitation and access to toilets/clean water is absolutely vital!

RCN, in collaboration with Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central and the HEART Foundation, have over the years carried out other projects, such as the Sanitary Pad Project called *A  GIRL A K* meaning to provide school-going girls with a year’s supply of sanitary pads for just Kshs 1,000 (USD 10). So far, the project has allowed over 4,300 girls to have a full year’s supply of sanitary pads which enabled them to attend school during their monthly cycle.


The Rotary Club of Nairobi, under the constant stewardship of Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi, the presidents of the club and its members, have run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since its inception in 1985.

The project was initiated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marburg-Schloss (Germany) and other Rotary clubs from Belgium and the Netherlands. This initiative aims to eradicate blindness across the country by performing cataract surgeries and corneal transplants on patients remotely in rural areas.

Read more in the brochure:

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference  –   Winston Churchill

RI theme for the month of December is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Christmas celebrates the birth of a very tiny baby that gave/gives/and continues to give HOPE to the world.  It is this attitude and spirit of HOPE that this season of gift giving exemplifies which the Rotary Club of Nairobi wanted to share with the children in the Cancer Ward at Kenyatta National Hospital on December 22, 2017.

However, due to the fact that the hospital staff believes that integrating the children within the ward is healthier and healing psychologically that the RCN took this small attitude HOPE to the wards as we visited the children, the staff, the families and visitors who were there. Gifts were distributed, Santa stories were told, Santa Rotarian Darren and his puppetry elves laughed and danced with the children.

The entire celebration was supported in person by able Rotarian Elves Mari, Mohamedali (and his daughters), Ritesh, Anjlee (and her children and family members), Shakeel, Ann, Sally, Addah, David, Nelson, Justus, Uta amongst other Rotarians/friends and supported financially by a number of Rotarian Elves who were not able to attend but were with us in providing this spirit of HOPE for the children.

November is Rotary Foundation Month in the Rotary International annual calendar of monthly themes. The Rotary Foundation is probably more widely known than Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation is to Rotary International what M-PESA is to Safaricom in Kenya.

To commemorate the November theme, Rotary Club of Nairobi has deliberately organized a number of activities around TRF.

One of the activities is to contribute to the financial resources of The Rotary Foundation. Our Club has donated $25 for each of its 43 active members making a total donation of $1,075 to the polio plus account. It has been quite appropriate to donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) at this time when there is a challenge from the Bill Gates Foundation to match every donation given at the rate of 2:1.  This means the $1,075 donation is now turned into a significant $3,225for the polio disease eradication.

As Rotarians, we are lending a hand to the efforts to eradicate polio disease from the face of the earth.

Our club is also raising awareness of the financial resources that are available from The Rotary Foundation to do a lot of good in our communities and improve the quality of lives.  On November 9th we had a presentation on what is needed to participate in Global Grants. The members were informed on requirements such as finding a partner Club from another District, having a written commitment in form of a MOU with our own District for good financial stewardship, declaring all perceived and/or real conflict of interest in projects and being up to date in reporting all previous projects among other things.

Members were also informed that a GG must be at least $30,000 as TRF puts emphasis on high impact projects. The aim of getting more participation was achieved with members volunteering to join as Project committee members in the proposed Global Grant Projects.

This Global Grant was implemented by Children Peace Initiative Kenya and Interaction For Peace (USA) as cooperating organizations and funded by Rotary International in partnership with Rotary Club of Nairobi and Rotary Club Of La Mesa Sunrise as host Rotary clubs.

The grant was implemented in phases. The first phase included the training of Children Peace Initiative Kenya staff in Nairobi and San Diego respectively. 5 CPI Kenya staff led by Rotarian Sudesh Walia from Rotary Club of Nairobi traveled to San Diego for a 10 days intensive training. The training included school visitations to give the participants an opportunity to interact with the pupils and the teachers who have been implementing Interactions for Peace Program in San Diego for many years. The visit was meant to provide hands on experience to CPI Kenya team so as to empower them to journey with the teachers from schools selected for training in Kenya. The first interactions for peace training for Kenyan teachers took place in November – December 2015.

A total of 22 teachers from 11 schools attended interaction for peace foundation level training that took place for 5 days from 30th November2015 – 4th December 2015 at Oshwal Junior High School. The teachers were equipped with the skills necessary to implement the program in their schools. At the end of the training each teacher was given a training manual.


Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Nairobi, led by the Rotary Club of Nairobi, on 9th December 2017 held a 74 team seven a side football tournament at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Jericho. The tournament officiated by the District Governor Mr. Peter Mbui brought together over 1200 youth from Nairobi who were playing to promote peace and create awareness on Polio.  The hotly contested community tournament was won by Hakati Youth from Makadara while the Rotary category was won by the Rotaract Club of Milimani.

This tournament, one of the biggest Rotary events of the year 2017/18, marks the beginning of a deliberate campaign to amplify the message of peace and polio and other social issues among the public.

Rotary clubs around the world, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have contributed towards the eradication of Polio across the world. Currently, there are zero cases of polio in Kenya as a result of this initiative. In his message, Mr. Mbui stressed the importance of coexistence especially among the youth who form the majority of Kenya’s population. He also stressed that Rotary shall continue to support peace initiatives and other social projects falling within its thematic areas of service.

The Rotary clubs also used the opportunity to conduct HIV/AIDS awareness using puppeteers who entertained the youth and distributed several hundred booklets.