Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

By Aretha Fouch Price

After a disputed presidential election in Kenya in December caused riots and a national emergency, Rotary clubs in Nairobi, along with clubs in Sweden and the United States, increased their support for projects that help orphaned children.

The Rotary Club of Stockholm International has contributed more than US$5,500 to the Phyllis Wambui Memorial Children’s Home and School near Nakuru, Kenya. Since December, the number of orphaned children there has increased threefold.

“Some of the children are coming to the home on their own looking for somewhere to escape the violence,” says Jacinta Njoroge-Iahti, founder of the facility, which she named for her mother. “We also found children … on the roadside not knowing where to go. And some of the children are being brought to the home and school by guides or children’s departments in Kenya.” An expatriate now living in Sweden, Njoroge-Iahti regularly returns to her native country. Continue reading

Nairobi Rotary Club – Moving Kenya Forward – Amazing Kenyans Peace Award

Moving Kenya forward: Rotary members seek to heal wounds

Nairobi Rotary club honors three for promoting peace and helping others during post-election violence

(NAIROBI, Kenya – 7. March 2008) —Welcoming the peace deal signed last week to end the post-election crisis, Kenyan Rotary club members met last Thursday with diplomats, civic and professional leaders to discuss practical ideas for healing the nation after the post-election crisis.

The Rotary Club of Nairobi hosted a panel discussion to talk about the role of civil society in the reconciliation and recovery process, as part of the club’s annual World Understanding and Peace Day luncheon.

Moderated by national TV presenter Michael Oyier (KTN), the panel consisted of UN-Habitat Executive Director Anne Tibaijuka, Lt. General Lazaro Sumbeiywo (Rtd), who was the IGAD Chief Mediator in the Sudanese peace negotiations, clinical psychologist Dr. Gladys Mwiti, BBC East Africa correspondent Adam Mynott and Vimal Shah, representing the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Continue reading