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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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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.

 

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

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Register for the 93rd District Conference & Assembly (DCA) in Naivasha

Theme: ‘Making a Difference’

The 93rd District Conference & Assembly (DCA) will take place at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha from April 19th – 22nd, 2018.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • ‘On-time’ (01 July 2017 – 01 Jan 2018): USD 200
  • ‘Late’ (01 Jan – 30 Mar 2018): USD 250
  • ‘Very Late’ (April 2018): USD 300

Learn more (links open in a new window):

  • To read more on the event website, click here.
  • To visit the Enashipai Resort website, click here.
  • To register online for the event, click here.
  • To download the manual registration form, click here (pdf, new window)
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‘Peace And Love’ at the Alliance Francaise

After a great run at The Tribe Hotel earlier this year; Prevail Arts Company stages an encore performance of –

‘Peace And Love’ at the Alliance Francaise Auditorium Sunday 7th May at 3pm.

Read this review in PEOPLE DAILY from Thursday, January 12, 2017

Read this review in PEOPLE DAILY from Thursday, January 12, 2017

Peace And Love is a collage of poetry, music and dance – which invites the audience to find, understand and celebrate the self in order to enjoy peace and love with life and each other. The journey through each of the forms in production (poetry, music and dance) trails the story of coming of age from a point of pain, loss, despair and confusion to a point of clarity, growth, hope, peace and love. The production is a metaphor for different stories of our times; from personal experiences, the economy and state of affairs, to corrosion of culture and morality. It all culminates in a powerful resonance with the need to keep hope alive, the need to seek forgiveness and growth, the need to foster peace and love.

The Prevail Arts Company production features poetry written by Joan Sikand performed by Nick Ndeda, Fridah Muhindi and Laura Ekumbo. Live music performed by Serro and Checkmate Mido that borrows a lot from the seventies retro culture webbed together by contemporary dance by Bridgetta Ikwara. The production is produced and directed by Kigondu Martin.

Get your tickets as early; April tickets at 800/-, May tickets at 1000/- and 1200/- at the door. Make your bookings and enquiries on 0780 832607 and Mpesa 0725 832607. Come with friends and family. A great time assured. Make your bookings as early!

Kindly find the poster attached.

Joan Sikand