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Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities designed to improve the human condition.
Members of the Rotary Club of Nairobi - just like other Rotarians the world over - conduct projects to address today's challenges including illiteracy, healthcare, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, youth development, job training and environmental concerns.
Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization,UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The plight of the physically disabled is a key concern of Rotary and over the years the club has provided hundreds of wheelchairs to those in need to assist with mobility. A wheel chair costs Kshs.13,200.
In partnership with other Rotary Clubs in Kenya, every year the Rotary Club of Nairobi hosts a rally for physically and mentally challenged children at the Jamhuri Show Grounds in Nairobi. This event brings together over 3,000 children from 40 different schools and homes in and outsde Nairobi for fun, games and entertainment. It is an event that the children look forward to all year and it is a wonderful forum for interaction amongst themselves and also with the Rotarians. Eaeh Rotarian contributes Kshs 1000towards this annual event.
The Rotary Club of Nairobi partners with Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), a Canadian charity, to provide bed kits to children between 6 and 12 years in poor neighborhoods. The project has been recognized by Rotary International as one of the best cooperative projects in our district.The bed kits contains a mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow, towel, slippers, mosquito net, school bag, pencils among other items. About 30,000 bed kits have been distributed in Kenya . A bed kit costs $35 or Kshs. 3200.
See also: www.scaw.org/
The Freedom for Girls Project provides sanitary towels to thousands of girls helping them stay in school. HIV/AIDS education has been integrated into the project. Since 2008, the distribution has more than doubled with some 59,000 girls receiving a year's supply of sanitary towels and each packet containing four pairs of underwear. This was a significant growth over the previous four years and the undergarments added additional support for the girls. The health education component will see the introduction of an educational booklet for each girl along with a calendar for keeping track of one's menstrual cycle. It costs $5 (Kshs. 400) for a year's supply of sanitary towels, 4 underwear and 1 health teaching manual all packaged together, to keep a girl in school for one year. The target for 2011 is 50,000 girls.
See also: www.sanitarypadsforafrica.org
Since 1985 we have been running the Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication Project to perform cataract operations to poor and deserving people. The team comprises an opthalmic crew with theatre equipment and sets up a makeshift operation theatre to perform the cataract operations. Operations have been conducted in Eldoret, Mukumu, Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, Kericho, Kaptagat, Nyeri, Thika, Kabras, Eldama Ravine, Chogoria, Kapenguria and Kisii. Over 10,000 free cataract operations have been undertaken. There are still over 100,000 patients awaiting cataract operations. Apart from cataracts, Kenya has perhaps the highest incidence of Keratoconus, which is very common in young patients. The normal shape of the cornea is similar to that of a soccer ball, however, in a Keratoconus patient, the cornea tends to be Similar to the shape of a rugby ball. If this condition is not treated in time, the cornea perforates leadiflg to corneal blindness. For the last four years, we started regular Keratoplasty operations in Kenya and the Eye Bank (Tissue Bank Intemational, Baltimore, U.S.A.) is sending free corneas and we are performing free corneal grafting operations. The cost of a single eye camp is Kshs.1 million for an average of 180 operatins or Kshs.5,500 per operation.
The school is based in Huruma slums and attended by about 160 children. It is a small oasis for the children whose parents cannot afford to take them to public schools. The club has provided seed funding for income generating projects whose proceeds are used to manage the school currently based on rented premises. The school fees is KShs1,600 ($20) per term per child while teachers' salaries are around KShs3,000 (less than $40) per month. A fundraising proposal has been developed for the school and support is being sought.
As little as $100 will pay for a child to attend school for a whole year. Another $100 will provide a basic meal each day and $50 will provide a uniform. A teacher can be sponsored for $500 a year.
The Rotary Club of Nairobi, in partnership with Olchorro Oirowua Conservancy in the Maasai Mara, Kenya Airways, Fairmont Hotels and other sponsors raise funds for conserving the Mara ecosystem. In addition, this project raises awareness of the plight of the stakeholders within the ecosystem and retired olympic legends. People living in the ecosystem are in dire need of clean water, proper sanitation, healthcare, food security and education.
The marathon is an annual event held within the Mara ecosystem and two editions have already taken place. It is expected to grow into a global athletic meeting.
See also: http://masaimaramarathon.org/
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Should you wish to support any of our causes and more not mentioned here, we would be happy to partner with you and involve you as we participate and make presentations to potential supporters.
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