Rotary Club of Nairobi Eye Camp (Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication) was carried out during the weekend 18-20th August 2018 in Kisumu.

Close to 200 cataract operations were carried out by Dr. Mukesh Joshi and his team. Members from the Rotary Club of Nairobi present at the camp included President Salim Fazal, Rtn Nelson Mburu and Rtn Duncan Mahangilu.

Congratulations team!


Also read this report in 'The Asian'. Click image to enlarge.

Also read this report in ‘The Asian’. Click image to enlarge.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi has run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since1985.

During the month of May 2018, Rotary Club of Nairobi will carry out the second Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication eye camp for the Rotary Year 2017/18 (targeting another 200 plus cataract surgeries).

During January 2018, over 216 cataract surgeries took place in Kisumu. This was a three day eye camp. Patients were screened and transported from neighboring towns. They were  accommodated, fed and operated on and thereafter transported safely back to the​ir towns. The surgeries were performed at the Kisumu Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital with patients from Kericho, Kapsabet, Kisii, Siaya, Ahero and Kisumu. The cataract surgeries were performed by Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi and his team. Patients were accommodated at Jalaram School.

Picture of Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

Honorary Rotarian Ophthalmologist Dr Mukesh Joshi performing a cataract surgery.

The eye surgeries performed have led to the restoration of vision to many beneficiaries and this has in turn enabled them to earn a livelihood and leads to a direct positive impact on their immediate families and community, thus leading to economic empowerment (besides the focus area of disease prevention).

In the past 30 years, over 16,000 free cataract operations have taken place by this program by the Rotary Club of Nairobi (RCN).

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This is one of our club’s signature projects. Read all about it in this brochure (click image to download pdf in a new window):

thumbnail of Kenya Rural Blindness Project Brochure 2017-18

The Rotary Club of Nairobi, under the constant stewardship of Honorary Rotarian Dr. Mukesh Joshi, the presidents of the club and its members, have run the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project since its inception in 1985.

The project was initiated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marburg-Schloss (Germany) and other Rotary clubs from Belgium and the Netherlands. This initiative aims to eradicate blindness across the country by performing cataract surgeries and corneal transplants on patients remotely in rural areas.

Read more in the brochure:

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference  –   Winston Churchill

RI theme for the month of December is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Christmas celebrates the birth of a very tiny baby that gave/gives/and continues to give HOPE to the world.  It is this attitude and spirit of HOPE that this season of gift giving exemplifies which the Rotary Club of Nairobi wanted to share with the children in the Cancer Ward at Kenyatta National Hospital on December 22, 2017.

However, due to the fact that the hospital staff believes that integrating the children within the ward is healthier and healing psychologically that the RCN took this small attitude HOPE to the wards as we visited the children, the staff, the families and visitors who were there. Gifts were distributed, Santa stories were told, Santa Rotarian Darren and his puppetry elves laughed and danced with the children.

The entire celebration was supported in person by able Rotarian Elves Mari, Mohamedali (and his daughters), Ritesh, Anjlee (and her children and family members), Shakeel, Ann, Sally, Addah, David, Nelson, Justus, Uta amongst other Rotarians/friends and supported financially by a number of Rotarian Elves who were not able to attend but were with us in providing this spirit of HOPE for the children.

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.


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.