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Harambee 2012 August & October

The August Harambee team have begun their training and preparations for Kenya! The team are made up of volunteers from Navan, Schull, Newmarket, Cashel, Castlebar, Cork, Charleville and Waterford. If anyone has any hints, tips or donations to assist with their fundraising please contact the FOL office.

Open nights held in Cork and Dublin at the end of May were well supported and we hope to see those who attended on the night join a Harambee project in the future.

If you would like to join the October Harambee project, it's not too late! What a year it would be, in this FOL's 10th anniversary, to give you the ultimate volunteers experience and become a part of FOL's history!

The dates for the October project are –
October – 2 week project – Oct 27th to Nov 11th or
October – 3 week project – Oct 27th to Nov 18th

The closing date for the project is June 20th.

See website for further details or contact the FOL office on

Golf Marathon

Pictured at the launch of the 4 Provinces Golf Marathon at the K Club were representatives of the 4 Golf Clubs involved; the 2 teams; members of FOL and Brian Kennedy who lent his support to the launch

On Thursday June 21st – the longest day of the year – 6 golfers will undertake the 4 Provinces Golf Marathon to raise funds for FOL. They will begin before dawn in Connacht at the Cavan Golf Club; next to Leinster to play at Glasson Golf & Country club; then Connacht to Ballinasloe Golf Club and finally to Munster to play Roscrea Golf club sometime around 6.30pm.

You can support this venture by sponsoring the individual golfers via the mycharity or the FOL website. Or you can have a flutter on the event by forecasting the best individual gross score and win one of 10 prizes which include Lunch & 4 Green Fees in the following Golf Clubs:
The K Club, Kildare – Enniscrone GC, Sligo
The Island GC, Dublin – Oughterard Golf Club, Galway
Youghal GC, Cork – Charleville GC, Cork
Also included is a Mystery Golf Outing!

Entry is €10. All Forecast cards must be in the FOL Office by 5pm on 20th June to be included. You can make your entry on the FOL website via PayPal.

The Golfers undertaking the Marathon are:
Team 1: Chris Kelly (H7), Brendan Kelly (H18), Liam Kelly (H18)
Team 2: Will Casey (H10), Derek Binchy (H18), Brian McCoy (H13)

FOL's Development Programmes in Kenya

Now that we have a volunteer team heading to Kenya in August, they will be working on some of these projects that will be on-going over the coming months. As stated in April's newsletter these projects are coordinated by our FOL Kenya experienced Staff and is in line with our Strategic plan for 2012 and shows you where the money you give to FOL really goes – direct to communities in Kenya.

•   In the coming 3 months there are 7 Peer Education training courses scheduled that provide valuable life skills for all ages with a particular emphasis on HIV/Aids awareness.
•    FOL have supported 10 Public Health Field Days to date and there are a further 16 scheduled up until December 2012. These are most effective in bringing basic health information on such topics as malaria, TB, water & sanitation, personal hygiene, maternal health, Food & nutrition, dental hygiene as well as information on all FOL's current programmes.
•    Due to the fact that some remote area's are not served by Health Clinics, FOL will be supporting up to 42 Mother & Child Clinics across the district for the remainder of the year. These ensure that all mothers in these area's receive the care and advice they need as well as providing the required immunizations for the under 5's.
•    The support of the Health Education Children's Alliance & Girls for Girls programme (HECA/G4G) continues to grow with a further 28 schools receiving the initial training last month. This programme provides the skills and resources for each participating school to improve their compound and learning environment through proper water & sanitation facilities, waste management and information on the importance of personal hygiene. The programme would be similar to the Green Flag programme in Irish schools. For information on how to support the activities of this programme, please contact the FOL Office at or by phone at +353-21-462 1748. Gift vouchers for this and other programmes are also available from our Midleton office.
•    Construction projects that are on-going;

»   Ndubusat Primary School (Pit Latrine's for boys, girls & preschool). The Girls block is at roof level with the walls being built on the other 2 blocks.
»   Protection of springs in Nduro, Kunyak Division –in 2012 this will involve building 2 water intakes as well as 100k litre masonry tank and 2 additional smaller storage tanks. This is part of a gravity scheme that will take a minimum of 5 years to complete as FOL are currently seeking additional funding to complete this programme. Additional challenges are due to the remoteness of the project and difficult terrain, not to mention the continuing heavy rain season we are experiencing since April. Pictured is one of the 30,000 litre storage tanks completed on this project in 2012.
»   Sugutek, Londiani Division – initial ground works completed
»   Rainwater Water harvesting project in Kapkondor Primary School – due for completion by the end of June 2012.

In addition contracts have been signed in recent weeks for the following projects to start in the coming weeks
»   Blue Hills Primary School (Pit Latrine's for boys, girls & preschool).
»   Cherera Primary School (Pit Latrine's for boys, girls & preschool).
»   Tunnel Secondary school (Rainwater harvesting project).

•    In Londiani Division, Kimasaian location Phase 1 of the Community Unit (CU) supported by the Public Health Office (PHO) and FOL in the training of the Community Health Committee (CHC) and Community Health Workers (CHW's) which started in February and be completed by the end of June. After that the CHW's will start collecting data through a baseline survey to identify the urgent needs of the community as a whole. The August Harambee team will assist this programme through the development of Ideal Homesteads – more on this in the next edition of the FOL Newsletter. Pictured is Elizabeth Openda (PHO Londiani) presenting at one of the CHC training sessions recently.

One of the 30,000 ltr storage tanks completed in Nduro

Elizabeth Openda – Public Health Officer – at Community Health Committee training

Currently Martin Ballantyne, CEO for Friends of Londiani is in Kenya carrying out an evaluation of the programmes for the first six months for 2012 as well as assisting with the initial preparations for the August Harambee project team. He is been accompanied by Anita Layden, FOL Volunteer and Water Engineer who is carrying out monitoring visits for the existing water projects we support and evaluating the new proposals that we may be working on in the coming years.

On behalf of the FOL Kenya team we thank all our supporters from across the world for their continued support for the people in the communities of Londiani and Kipkelion District, in this the 10th year of FOL's work in Kenya. Thank you.

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In this issue

Harambee 2012 August team kicks off

Golf Marathon June 21st

FOL's development programmes in Kenya

Africa Day report

Harambee Volunteer Photobook 2012

FOL counter boxes looking for homes!

Latest news on Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships

FOL 10 year celebration table

Websites of interest

Africa Day

Students from Killinarden Community School Tallaght pictured at the Africa Day event in Dublin where they represented FOL

FOL were represented at the Africa Day Dublin event over the last weekend in May by students from Killinarden Community School and Moate Community School along with their teachers – Helen Concannon and Iain Hatton who are also volunteers with FOL. They manned a stand which provided information on FOL, they painted faces with the Kenya flag, they sang songs they had learned in Kenya on a schools link trip there at Easter. Several book readings took place in Dublin of the children's story book – Mama Panya's pancakes – and more are planned. This book will be available from the FOL office for anyone who would like to do a book reading during the year at their school, library, Brownie unit etc.

Harambee Photobook

Harambee Photobook 2002 – 2012 .. the search has begun!

Volunteer photobook .. a work in progress ..

A professionally printed coffee-table book of Harambee volunteer's favourite photos will be produced for the Christmas market this year. It will be available in October with a free CD of Kenyan music. An email has gone out to every FOL volunteer asking them to choose their favourite photo from Kenya. It can be from any project or may have appeared in calendars/PowerPoint or may have never-been-seen before! Each person's name will appear next to their chosen photo with a brief explanation as to why it is their favourite photograph.

This will be a great Christmas gift to give or to get and a very special memoir for this FOL's 10th year of community partnerships.

Eva O Mahony & Eoin Gannon are putting this photobook together. Email your favourite photo now to or post to the FOL office.

FOL counter boxes

FOL have counter boxes available to collect loose change. If you have any contacts with shops, offices, garages, pubs, post-offices or any other location that you think would take one of these for FOL please contact the FOL office. There is a volunteer willing to service any of the boxes in the Cork area.

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Friends of Londiani, No. 4 the Crescent, Millbrook, Mill Road, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
+ 353 21 4621748