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Celebrating Rotary Foundation Month

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.


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INTERACTION FOR PEACE

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.

 

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PLAY FOR POLIO PLAY FOR PEACE – FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

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.

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PLANT YOUR AGE

It is with the vision of ensuring a healthy and wealthy environment for all and the mission of promoting and enhancing the quality of the environment through demonstration and facilitation of practices towards sustainable livelihoods that the Rotary Club of Nairobi (RCN) team joined together in a Plant Your Age event on 18th of November 2017 at Karura Forest to continue championing for the same.

The event marked the importance of tree planting activities in achieving sustainable development goals and fostering education for sustainable development. It saw the RCN members present plant 200 seedlings on an approved site at Karura Forest. Additionally, the RCN entered into a three year agreement with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Karura that would see KFS maintain the seedlings/saplings for 3 years. A highlight from a message from Rtn. Dorcas Otieno was that forests form a significant part of the biophysical environment, and the interconnected of nature implies that increasing forest cover results in a better, cleaner and healthier environment this leading to sustainability.

The event was held under the Green Rotary Four Way Test banner which was able to be elaborated linking the significance of trees and increasing forest cover. The answers to the Four Way Test plainly revealed that increasing forest cover goes far beyond the natural environment, to address other essential components of a sustainable society such as enhancing the economy, while at the same inculcating societal values of peace, harmony with each other and our natural environment.

Until March 2018, our club plans to have planted 9,800 saplings.

All Rotarians were reminded that the environment has and continues to change due to increased human activities that have contributed to environmental injustice therefore it is everyone’s responsibility to stand up for its defense; exactly what the RCN district family has been doing recommending the continuation of the same towards accomplishing sustainable development vision.

 

FELLOWSHIP ON NOVEMBER 2ND

Impressions from our club meeting on November 2nd, 2017, at restaurant Asmara in Westlands:

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EARLY HEARING LOSS DETECTION PROGRAM

AN INITIATIVE BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF NAIROBI & GERTRUDES CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

It is expected that between 4-6 infants in every 1,000 are born with a hearing loss. According to the World Health Organisation, there were nearly 32 million children living with hearing loss across the world in 2015. Most of these cases were in low and middle-income countries, including Kenya. The good news is more than 50% of the hearing loss cases are preventable, thus early screening and detection is critical. Rotary Club of Nairobi, together with Gertrude’s Childrens Hospital have a mutual interest in launching an infant’s hearing screening program in the County’s health facilities. Early detection of hearing difficulty in infants can help the doctors to proceed with corrective measures including giving hearing aids and therapies which could help reduce the progression to deafness.

Rotary Club of Nairobi is partnering with Gertrude’s Paediatric Audiology Centre, other willing organizations, public health programs in other hospitals, clinics, government services and community-based rehabilitation activities (CBR) so as to increase awareness of the benefits of early hearing screening among children. Gertrudes hospital has partnered with Machakos Level 5 and Thika Level 5 Hospitals – to conduct hearing screening at the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinics.

On 2nd November 2017, Rotary Club of Nairobi Immediate Past President Dr. David Githanga officially handed over the hearing loss detection equipment to CEO of Gertrudes Childrens Hospital.

 

 

 

 

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Fellowship on October 19, 2017: RCN marks ‘Economic and Community Development Month’

We are 87!!

Founded on 11th September 1930, our club will turn 87 today! Happy anniversary, RCN!