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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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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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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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Marie Rahima Dawood Foundation gifts Palmhouse Foundation KShs 13M

Nairobi, February 24th 2017

Palmhouse Foundation has received a major financial boost of Sterling Pounds (GBP) 100,000 (Approx. KShs 13M) into its endowment fund from Marie Rahima Dawood Foundation (MRD) whose assets are derived from the royalties’   income of renowned surgeon Dr. Yusuf Kodwavwala, as writer of the popular ‘Surgeon’s Diary’ published in the Sunday Nation in the name of ‘Yusuf Dawood’.

While presenting the donation during the annual Palmhouse Recognition and Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Muthaiga Country Club on 23rd February 2017, Dr. Yusuf Kodwavwala said “MRD was especially impressed by Palmhouse Foundation’s demonstrable country-wide selection process, continuous monitoring and follow-up and the calibre of their ‘finished product’ that has to date transformed the lives of over 700 bright but needy students countrywide”.

Dr. Yusuf Kodwavwala further added that “By directly contributing to the Palmhouse Foundation’s Endowment Fund, the GBP 100,000 financial injection shall be ‘ring-fenced’ for investment with endowment income used as MRD Scholarships in perpetuity” Chief Guest at the dinner Joe Muganda, Group CEO of Nation Media Group revealed that the ‘Surgeon’s Diary’ holds the enviable record of being longest-running feature column spanning over 30 years, published in the Sunday Nation. Muganda lauded the unique story-telling and writing gift of Dr. Kodwavwala “that literally transports the minds of ‘Surgeon’s Diary’     readers into the world of his characters, Sunday after Sunday”.

He celebrated MRD for “defining a legacy that promotes sustainability to mitigate socio-economic imbalance in society by donating to endowment” and called on other individuals and corporates of goodwill to emulate the MRD ‘power of example’.

Eric Kimani—Co-Founder and Chair of Board of Trustees while thanking Dr. Yusuf Kodwavwala and Mrs. Marie Kodwavwala for the ‘significant and selfless donation’, revealed that most funding for Palmhouse Foundation is from indigenous Kenyan corporates and individuals who have bought into the vision of Palmhouse. He noted several other charities and individuals including two (2) of Palmhouse Foundation’s own alumni have also made substantial contributions to the endowment fund.

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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