A rejuvenating morning at Karura forest – Walk in the Park – Sunday 9th September 8:30am, Karura Forest. Please come with family and friends!


Join Rotary leaders, members and guests in Nairobi, Kenya as we recognize the long standing relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations and with young leaders who are changing our world.

This year’s #RotaryUNDay themed “Youth Innovation: Crafting Solutions to Emerging Challenges” shall be held at the United Nations Information Centre Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, 10th Nov. 2018. The program shall include an address by the Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, a celebrity speaker and change-makers from different spheres.

General Sessions and break-outs shall discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the technological revolution, and the young people’s role in creating change. A special session on the environment will highlight the importance of sustainable development and offer concrete actions that people of all generations can take to ensure a clean and healthy future.

6 volunteers under age 35 will be honored as Rotary People of Action: Young Innovators. For the first time, the event will feature an innovation fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations will exhibit humanitarian projects and cutting-edge technology that can help address the challenges we face. The #RotaryUNDay attracts an international attendance of over 1000.

Rotary Day at the UN is open to all. Purchase your ticket on www.rotaryundaynairobi.org

Rotary Club of Nairobi will be having a fundraising cocktail / auction on Saturday 25th August 2018 at Windsor Golf Hotel from 2:30 to 5:30pm organized by our fundraising director Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi.

Tickets are available at Kshs 3,000 (each ticket includes 10 raffle tickets).

We request all members of Rotary Club of Nairobi to greatly support his event by purchasing tickets (poster attached with details) and purchasing items which will be on auction at the event. Proceeds will go towards RCN signature projects.

Please contact Rtn Kalpa Padia , Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, P.A. Eva Nyawira or myself (Ritesh) for tickets. Bring along family and friends! Please support this event greatly – we count on your support.

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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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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.


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.

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.