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Harambee 2012 August team

The August Harambee team was made up of 8 Irish and 8 Kenyan volunteers & staff members. The Irish volunteers came from counties Mayo, Cork, Meath and Waterford and they were based in Kipkelion for 2 weeks and in Londiani for 1 week. They worked on:- the construction of a water tank for a children's day care centre; facilitating 3 Lifeskills peer education courses; taking part in the Healthy schools programme with 4 different schools; installing stoves with community health workers, surveying the households taking the stoves; providing window screening house to house as part of malaria prevention campaign; running a maternal health course for community health workers, outreach clinics providing vaccinations and health checks for mothers, babies and young children and field days providing information to the community on health issues.

Wet weather dominated the early part of the project resulting in challenging living conditions for the team who were camping in Kipkelion. They rose to the challenge and team work, laughter and good spirits won out. A couple of days off saw the team visit Ndubusat where FOL have worked since 2004, take a trip to the equator and hike to a beautiful waterfall in Londiani.

The third week was spent in Londiani where the team stayed in accommodation at St. Kizito's church in the town. The week flew by very quickly and it was time all too soon to pack up and leave. The Irish volunteers had an opportunity to be tourists for 2 days at Lake Naivasha before returning home. FOL and the Kenyan staff would like to thank the team for working with them in Kenya, for their commitment to the community health strategy, for their good spirits, co-operation and flexibility and most of all for their support of the community they befriended.

Thanks also to the friends, family and supporters who helped them in their fundraising and preparations for this Harambee.

The next Harambee team will leave Ireland at the end of October for 3 weeks and details of Harambee projects for 2013 will be announced next year.

FOL's development programmes in Kenya

In the last newsletter, you will have read a piece from Norah Sirma who works for Friends of Londiani in Kenya. Here is a piece from one of her colleagues, Caroline Chelangat , who works on the Healthy Schools and Girls for Girls programme in Kenya.

"I am Caroline Chelangat working with Friends of Londiani Kenya. I am in charge of HECA and G4G programmes. This has made me an open–minded person in that each day is unique and am grateful for the opportunity, my role is to do training on HECA and G4G programmes that FOL is involved. The aim of HECA programme is to reduce environmental risks to children's health that arise from settings where they live, learn and play by providing knowledge, increasing will, mobilizing resources, and catalysing urgent action. The programme was rolled out in 2009 between the MOE (Min of education), Public Health Office, the schools and the FOL volunteers. Six schools involved were surveyed to evaluate the programme. Each school received a Hygiene Kit, and depending on their needs may receive support in building water tanks, latrines and washrooms. Since the beginning of the year, we've been able to train at most 45 schools which the programme has been beneficial:

1. Pupils learn about hygiene
2. Improved hygiene in school and at home
3. Less cases of sick children because of hand washing facilities

In the other hand, I have experience of some challenges like poor roads, lack of access to clean water facilities & shortage of time.

Also the G4G programme has made positive impact in that 21 schools inclusive of 4 pilot schools in Londiani and Kipkelion districts. The rate of absenteeism has reduced, hygiene improved and level of performance greatly improved because of provision Re-Usable Sanitary Towels.

Congratulation goes to the August Harambee 2012 Team whom we worked together training schools on HECA in Kipkelion district both primary and secondary schools. This made me to learn that A STEP STARTS IN A MILE and ends with A THOUSAND MILES.

To all our donors, partners and all those who have greatly supported FOL in Ireland or Kenya, your continued love has made many changes in the communities and Kenya as a whole and now have bright future. Let's continue to work together as a team, "ONE TEAM ONE DREAM".

New FOL Board of Directors

Friends of Londiani are pleased to introduce some new member onto the Board of Directors. They are Anita Layden – water engineer and a volunteer with FOL ; Eva O Mahony – teacher and volunteer with FOL with particular experience in the Lifeskills programme; Michael Kelly – retired school principal from Dublin and long time supporter of FOL's work; Sally O Neill – monitoring and evaluation expert with internatinal NGO experience and supporter of FOL.

FOL take this opportunity to thank Joe Willis and Deirdre Henley outgoing members of the Board for their time, commitment and support of FOL during the past 10 years.

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In this issue

Charity of the year 2013

Better Together video competition

Ode to Christmas shopping

Wedding favours launched

Starfish jewellery in next issue!

Harambee 2012 August report

News from Kenya

Introducing the new FOL Board

Harambee Volunteer Photobook 2012

Latest news on Celebrating 10 years of Community Partnerships

Upcoming trainings of interest

Websites of interest

10K for 10 years

Well done to those who took part in the most recent 10K for 10 years walk in Wicklow. Pictured here are Rachel Mc Grath, Clodagh Ward and Grainne Kennan.

Harambee Photobook

The FOL volunteers working on this project have decided to produce the volunteer photobook as an e-book so that its more versatile and people can print it as and when suits them via the online photoshops. There are still some pages to be filled so please email your favourite photo or add it to flickr - as soon as possible. This will make a great Christmas present for those who supported you as you will be mentioned under the photo you send in. Thanks to Eoin Gannon & Eva O Mahony for their continued patience collecting photos. Email your photos to - eoin@friendsoflondiani.com and check out http://www.flickr.com/
to see what is there so far. If you want to post in a photograph to the FOL office it can be scanned and returned to you.

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