Kenya Ball 2012
What a night of celebration, reunions, friends, memories and stories! What an experience, to be there to hear Anna Mainek (FOL Kenya Country Director) speak about the past 10 years and what they have meant to her! What a wow factor to see on display the timeline of the past 10 years and all that has been achieved! What a joy, to share an evening with so many volunteers, friends, family and supporters who have helped make FOL what it is today – 10 years old and still growing! What an exciting challenge it is to look to the future and all that is yet to be achieved! Check out 'latest news' on www.friendsoflondiani.com for photos & update.
Anna & Wilson visit Ireland
Photo from left – Therese O Grady; Wilson Langat; Anna Mainek; John Howley (manager Sports Clinic West)
Anna Mainek (FOL Kenya Country Director) and her husband Wilson Langat, have just returned to Kenya after a 2 week visit to Ireland. They came here as part of FOL's 10 year celebrations and they visited many friends and supporters of FOL during their stay. They braved Ireland's weather and toured Cork, Kerry, Mayo and Sligo during their visit.
They were guests of honour at the Kenya Ball where Anna and Maria Kidney, Chairperson FOL Ireland, gave a presentation on the past 10 years of FOL and what the future holds for FOL and many who have met them in Kenya had a chance to greet them here. They travelled to the West of Ireland where they visited Mayo General Hospital, and St Joseph's Hospital Ballina for a maternal health clinic. Mayo General is linked with Londiani District Hopsital and so staff there are no strangers to Anna. Several meetings were held on maternal health as FOL is in the process of setting up a maternal health task force in Londiani. Dr Paul O Grady, Sports Clinic West has given office space to FOL in the West, and Anna and Wilson officially opened this space. FOL are very grateful to Sport Clinic West for their support and commitment. The next link visit will be in November this year, and it was a great opportunity for the staff of Mayo General to meet Anna and the FOL Ireland team and discuss the upcoming project.
News from FOL Kenya
Photo left: students & teachers of KCS Tallaght
Photo right: students & teachers of Moate Community School
FOL's Worldwise Network Trip to Kenya in April
"As the group drove out of Nairobi airport, a small family of giraffes greeted them and so began the theme for this trip – you never knew what would happen next!"
What's this all about? … A group of 21 students and teachers from Moate and Killinarden Community Schools had joined together to travel to Londiani to meet and work with their partner schools - Moi Sorget and Kapcheplanga respectively. These school links form two-thirds of the Friends of Londiani Schools Network which is supported by Irish Aid through the Worldwise programme. Although not in the travel group, the third part of the network – Mountrath Community School & Londiani Girls Academy – were represented through a backpack of letters and books which were being exchanged. Check out facebook for moate/moi sorget and Kcs/Kapcheplanga pages for more stories and photographs of the trip. You will see there were many highlights to the trip including a teachers seminar held for 40 teachers in Londiani on topics such as Management, Health Schools & Special Needs. The first every Irish and Kenyan student seminar took place on Millennium Development Goals with 55 secondary schools taking part. This was a hugely inspiring day as the younger generation considered the world they live in.
See the latest news on the FOL website for the rest of this exciting story about the FOL Schools Network Link Visit to Londiani during Easter 2012.
Work continues on all FOL programmes in Kenya. The operating theatre in Londiani District Hospital is now operational with the first operation taking place a few weeks ago. The community are delighted with the progress and believe that the operating theatre will benefit many generations to come.
11 villages have submitted income generation proposals to FOL Kenya as part of the healthy village and sustainable tourism implementation. They will attend a business training in June where plans will be put in place to allow the projects to commence.
The partnership between the Ministry of Public Health and FOL continues with many field days been held in April throughout the District. FOL continues to work with communities on implementing ways to improve their health.
Updates from the FOL Kenya office - since the start of the year the following projects have been initiated by the FOL Kenya office in line with our Strategic plan for 2012.
• 9 Peer Education training courses have been completed throughout the District
• FOL have supported 8 Public Health Field Days
• In area's not served by Health Clinics, FOL supported 8 Mother & Child Clinics
• An additional 8 schools have received training on the Health Education Children's Alliance (HECA) programme with 23 of the existing schools having had follow up trainings.
• 22 schools attended the Girls for Girls Training workshop (see March newsletter)
• In Londiani Division, Kimasian location has been selected as a Community Unit (CU) to support the Public Health Office (PHO) in delivering health care for that community of 7,500 people. FOL are supporting the training of the Community Health Committee (CHC) and Community Health Workers (CHW's) which started in February and will continue till June.
• Additional projects supporting the PHO Londiani include Malaria screening project in Kiptenden, Jiggers campaign throughout Londiani Division
• Construction projects have started in; Ndubusat Primary School (Pit Latrine's for boys, girls & preschool); Protection of springs in Nduro, Kunyak Division and Sugutek, Londiani Division, Rainwater Water harvesting project in Kapkondor Primary School
In this issue
Harambee Photobook 2002 – 2012
Volunteer photobook .. a work in progress ..
A professionally printed coffee-table book of Harambee volunteers favourite photos will be produced for the Christmas market this year. It will be available in October with a free CD of Kenyan music. Every volunteer will be asked to choose their favourite photo from Kenya. It can be from any project or may have appeared in calendars/powerpoints 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, Harambee volunteer from Cork, will be co-ordinating this production. Send her your favourite photo now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post to the FOL office.
Last call for August Harambee! As FOL celebrate 10 years of community partnerships this year, what a year it would be to give yourself the ultimate volunteers experience and become a part of FOL's history!
There will be a volunteer project in August and another in November. These are the dates –
• August – 2 week project
Aug 5th to Aug 19th
• August – 3 week project
Aug 5th to Aug 26th
• October – 2 week project
Oct 27th to Nov 11th
• October – 3 week project
Oct 27th to Nov 18th
Applications for the August project are still coming in and the closing date is fast approaching. The cost for 2 weeks is €1,800 and for 3 weeks it is €1,900 and volunteers are required to fundraise a minimum of €1,000 towards completion of the projects undertaken. There will be an open night in the Irish Aid Centre in Dublin on Weds May 16th and in UCC in Cork (O Rahilly Building room 145) on the same day between 6pm to 8pm for anyone interested in finding out more about these projects. This is also a night for anyone who wants to know more about FOL and for friends & supporters to find out more about the 10 year celebration plans.
See website for further details or contact the FOL office on harambee2012@
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