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Rotary Club of Nairobi distributes bed kits to school children in Mathare slums

On Thursday 2nd March, 2017 the Rotary Club of Nairobi in conjunction with Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) Canada, made a distribution of bed kits to orphans and vulnerable children in schools in Mathare.

The Headmaster of Patmos School is a member of the Rotary Community Corps Mathare  and 10 children from  the school were selected to receive a bed kit. Each kit consisted of a small mattress, a school bag and a blanket.

Most children who are living in Mathare do not have the luxury of a bed and they would often just sleep on the bare mud floors of their corrugated shacks.  So these mattresses will make a huge difference to the lives of these 10 children.

The Rotarians also supplied each child with 3 exercise books and a games kit comprising a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.

Patmos School is extremely grateful to the Rotary Clubs of Nairobi and Canada  for  providing these much needed kits.

Read more about Patmos School in their newsletter:

thumbnail of PATMOS NEWSLETTER Nov 2016

Meanwhile, we have received this email from Carol Halbert, Orphan Outreach coordinator:

Dear Rotarians,

Further to my below email when I updated you all on developments at Patmos School, Mathare with the Newsletter.  I am now writing to thank the Rotary Club of Nairobi for allocating 10 Bed Kits to orphans and vulnerable children at Patmos School yesterday.

For those children fortunate enough to be allocated with one of these kits, it will make a huge difference to their lives.  As you will be aware for the majority of children living in Mathare they will go to bed each night in their corrugated shacks and will sleep on the bare ground.

We are, therefore, extremely grateful to your Rotary Club for providing these kits so that these 10 children now have a mattress and a blanket to sleep on at night.

I have written a short article about the distribution of these Bed Kits which I have put onto the Patmos School website on the NewsLog.  The Headmaster took a few photos of the event yesterday which I have also included in the article (photos attached here).  If you click on the below link you will be able to see it.  I have also made mention in the article of the Jiko stove which your club kindly  jointly funded with Orphan Outreach USA in June 2016.

http://www.patmosschool.org/#/rotary-club-bed-kits-2017/4593692722

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at The Rotary Club of Nairobi for all the help and support you have given this poor school in Mathare.  I very much hope that we can continue to work together with the aim of improving the lives of these vulnerable orphans and children.

 I shall of course keep you updated with developments at Patmos School.

 Kind regards,

 Carol

Carol Halbert

www.patmosschool.org

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Rotary Club of Nairobi and Orphan Outreach fund Jiko stove for school in Mathare slum

On 3rd February, 2016 the Rotary Club of Nairobi together with Orphan Outreach jointly funded the cost of an energy efficient Jiko stove for Patmos School.

Every day in difficult circumstances and with limited equipment,  Nancy  Khasiala the school cook assisted by a community volunteer, provides a breakfast of porridge as well as a daily meal of maize and beans for the 100 children at Patmos Junior School.  The breakfast of porridge is funded by Orphan Outreach and the School Maize and Bean Farm  provides about half of the food for the School Feeding Programme.

The provision of this Jiko stove will now make it so much easier for Nancy to provide these meals for the children.  It will also help to dramatically reduce the fuel costs for the school and will create a healthier work environment for Nancy and her community volunteer helpers.

Read the full story and see more pictures here»

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SCAW 2017 DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

Attached please find  the proposed SCAW 2017 Distribution sites. I write proposed because they have to meet the approval of the SCAW Canada Guidelines  sent to you last year.

The distribution schedule indicates the date, day and the number of bed kits that will be distributed at the respective sites. It also indicates the Rotarian for the site and on the day of the distribution.

To appreciate the extent of your responsibility as the site coordinator and more about SCAW, Kindly avail yourself fo a meeting not exceeding 15 minutes after Thursday’s fellowship.

Regards,

Gideon Akwabi

Date Day of the week Activity Location Rotarian In charge
24.02.2017 Friday SCAW Canada team departs from Canada Canada De Young
 

25.02.2017

 

Saturday

 

Team arrives in Nairobi

 

Nairobi

 

Rtn. Gideon

 

26.02.2017

 

Sunday

 

SCAW 2016 Report/ SCAW 2017 Briefing

 

Nairobi

 

Entire SCAW 2017 Team

 

27.02. 2017

 

Monday

 

Distribute 1,000 Bed Kits in Mombasa

 

Mombasa

 

Rtn Suli Shah

 

28.02.2017

 

Tuesday

 

Visit Homes in Makindu

 

Makindu

 

Rtn. Darsi Lotay

 

1.03.2017

 

Wednesday

 

Depart Makindu for an afternoon distribution in Nairobi – 600 Bed Kits

 

Riruta Satellite

 

Rtn. David Githanga

 

2.03.2017

 

Thursday

 

Distribute 600 bed kits

 

Kibera

 

Rtn. Salim

 

3.03.2017

 

Friday

 

Distribute 600 bed kits

 

Mathare

 

RCC Mathare/  Mathare Valley

 

4.03.2017

 

Saturday

 

Factory Visits

 

Nairobi

 

Rtn. Gideon

 

5.03.2017

 

Sunday

 

SCAW team visit either the Nairobi National Park or Naivasha

 

TBA

 

De Young/ Gideon/ Charles

 

06.03.2017

 

Monday

 

600 Bed kits

 

Kamkunji

 

Rtn. Mari Nelson

 

07.03.2017

 

Tuesday

 

600 Bed kits

 

Ongata Rongai

 

Gideon & RC Ongata Rongai

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SCAW 2015 – A review

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Visit to Cura Children’s Home

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Higher Education Fund – MoU signed

The Rotary Club of Nairobi, has partnered with the Asian Commercial Community to support Higher Education which will benefit 15 brilliant Kenyan youth pursuing Economics and Business degrees at the University of Nairobi. The funding cover their tuition fees for four years. The signing of the MoU at the University of Nairobi (UoN) took place on October 28th, 2016.


See photos of the event in our photo gallery.

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SCAW 2016 Distribution – GILGIL

On 3rd March 2016,1,200 bedkits were distributed to children in Gilgil, Nakuru County. After the distribution, the team was hosted to a luncheon by Rotarian Mary Coulson.

Later the team visited and interacted with children from Sanata Charitable Trust, a charity set up by Rotarian Mary Coulson in response to the desperate needs of the street children of Gilgil.

See more photos of the event in our photo gallery

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Our Community Service Projects for 2014-15

By Community Service director Gideon Akwabi

Project

Date

Venue & Outcomes

Spend

Rural Blindness eradication Program (Eye Camp) 28 to 29th
Nov 2015
Hema Hospital Kisii:

220 Patients Operated on

Kshs. 1,500,000
Rotary Sunshine Rally 28th Feb 2015 Jamhuri ASK Showground:

3,000 children with various disabilities entertained for a whole day. Project in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs from Kiambu, Nairobi and Machakos County

RCN contribution

Kshs. 67,000/=

Chandaria Foundation – 50,000/=

Premchandbhai Foundation 50,000/=

Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) 1st to 11th March 2015 AIC Kajiado, Cura [Kiambu County], Kisii, Bondo, Emali, Ruben Centre and Kihumbuini Primary school Nairobi.

A Total of 4,000 bed kits distributed. Each bed kit contained, a mattress, mosquito net, school supplies, a school bag, a sleeping suit, slippers and sweater

SCAW Donation

CAD 140,000 or Kshs. 11,088,000/=

RCN contribution for local logistics,

Kshs.576,000/=

Rural Blindness eradication Program (Eye Camp) 19th to 21st June 2015 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referal hospital Kisumu:

187 patients operated on from Kisii, Kapsabet, Siaya, Kericho and kakamega

Kshs. 1,309,000
Jiko Project report To be advised shortly. Needed some confirmations from Atia who I have been unable to reach on phone. TBA

My gratitude goes to

  • the RCN board of 2014-15.
  • President Kamal for leading from the front.
  • Rtn. Faith for being accessible and making the fund timely availability of the funds.
  • Rtns. Nelson Mburu and Irina Wandera for the leadership on the Sunshine rally and SCAW 2015.
  • Rtns. Joshi and Salim for their service and commitment to the Rural Blindness eradication project.

This list is not limited to the above named Rotarians. I have depended on the experience of the individuals in the list to move our programs forward in the current Rotary year.

An appeal will be made to individuals, particularly new Rotarians, to join and get the true experience of service above self.

Yours in Service,

Gideon Akwabi, Club Service Director 2015-16

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SCAW 2015: 6 Counties, 4000 Bedkits

For 11 years running, Rotary Club of Nairobi has partnered with the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) teams from Canada distributing bedkits to children across the country.

The Sleeping Children Around the World initiative was founded by Mur-ray and Margaret Dryden in 1970 in
Canada and to date, SCAW has raised CAD 23Million to provide bedkits for children in 33 countries in under-developed and developing countries. In the year 2009,SCAW reached their millionth child.

Typically, a bed kit consists of a mattress, mosquito net, blanket, pyjamas, sweater and school supplies. SCAW believes a good night sleep for school going children is essential and contributes to better grades for pupils.

The 2015 SCAW team arrived in Ken-ya on 21st February and distributions were done in a record six counties including Kisii, Siaya, Ma-kueni, Kiambu, Nairobi and Kajiado. 4000 bedkits were distributed this year over an eventful 13 days period which came to a close with a luncheon hosted by the club in honor of the Canadian SCAW team.

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Kenya Rural Blindness EradIcation Project (eye camps)

1000 operations in one year!

Since 1985 we have been running the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project to perform cataract operations to poor and deserving people.

The team comprises an opthalmic crew with theatre equipment and sets up a makeshift operation theatre to perform the cataract operations. Operations have been conducted in Eldoret, Mukumu, Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, Kericho, Kaptagat, Nyeri, Thika, Kabras, Eldama Ravine, Chogoria, Kapenguria and Kisii.

Over 10,000 free cataract operations have been undertaken. There are still over 100,000 patients awaiting cataract operations. Apart from cataracts, Kenya has perhaps the highest incidence of Keratoconus, which is very common in young patients. The normal shape of the cornea is similar to that of a soccer ball, however, in a Keratoconus patient, the cornea tends to be Similar to the shape of a rugby ball. If this condition is not treated in time, the cornea perforates leadiflg to corneal blindness. For the last four years, we started regular Keratoplasty operations in Kenya and the Eye Bank (Tissue Bank Intemational, Baltimore, U.S.A.) is sending free corneas and we are performing free corneal grafting operations.

The cost of a single eye camp is Kshs.1 million for an average of 180 operations or Kshs.5,500 per operation.

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