The Nairobi National Park Expedition.

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What started as just a thought, just an idea or maybe a suggestion finally came to be real…

Most are times we take what we have or what we see for granted, we never realize how fortunate we are just to have the things we have and the opportunities around us.

“Nairobi?? I have never been there,” said the std 8 pupil, “it’s a big city with big houses and many cars.” she continued to explain how she thinks Nairobi looks like, maybe from her friends in school, or newspapers or less likely from the TV. This at first sounded so Not-true, and even somehow funny for me. But after listening to almost all the kids in the home, the story was the same. Only a little few had ever been to Nairobi and that was more than 5 years ago. Nairobi has changed and I wondered whether they would even have an idea of what the Capital city is like today.

Over the years we have visited this kids as Rotaract Club of Limuru at their small home where they only get out while going to school or to the Church. All along they have seen us come donate our gifts, spend time with them , counsel them, play with them and later on leave at the end of the day.

But this time we wanted to do something else, something they will feel is worth a Christmas Holiday. As many families set out for Christmas at the coast, some at the magnificent L.Naivasha lounges and some at the Mara and Tsavo parks, we also had a Christmas package for this Angels.

With the great help from Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends we were able to sponsor all the 27 kids to a visit to the Nairobi National Park on the 22nd Dec. 2015. Thanks to the Limuru CDF office who gave us their bus for free to ferry the kids to and fro and  with the competent jovial driver, our movement was swift and safe.

To the Rotaract Club of Limuru team that made this event successful,  with special thanks to our community service director Miss.Yvette Kiratu , Our President Mr.Simon Muturi , our  VP Mr.John Chui and the ever cheerful Miss.Rowzy Brown and to all Rotaractors and friends, we are so honored to have you in our #RotaractLimuruFamily.

Let the pictures speak more louder here……

 

Rotary Peace Fellowships- APPLY NOW!

Peace fellowshipsEach year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Two types of peace fellowships are available.

Master’s degree

We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:

Professional development certificate

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at in Thailand (). This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Rotary Peace Fellowships program. Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

Rotary selects fellows through a globally competitive application process, based on the applicant’s ability to have a significant, positive impact on the world. .

The application process begins online, where you’ll find information about working with your sponsor Rotary district and the supplementary materials you’ll need to complete your application. The deadline for submitting your application to a local club can vary (generally March–June), but the deadline for submitting to Rotary International is 1 July.

 

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References:

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowships

December 2015 Rotaract District Newsletter

Rotary-Awareness-2a2--1-December is Rotary Disease and Prevention Month, and as Rotarians and Rotaractors hold projects aimed at tackling issues on health, we also have in mind its Christmas..

May we find the beauty of this season, may we find the Love of Christ being born in us and may we find joy in all we do for our communities.

December District 9212 Newsletter

Read of the;

DRR’s inspiring message to Rotaractors

The Twins at Sesse

Service Above self, Rotaract Keroggie definition

Global Hand Washing Day with Rotaract Lewet

Rotaract Mella’s day with Nature

Rotaract Muthaiga North outshines Cerebral Palsy

You cant miss this out…

This is Rotary, We are Rotaractors

 

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By Being a ‘Gift to the World’ Rotary Multiplies JOY

by K R Ravindran, President 2015 – 16

When the Canadian army liberated the Netherlands in 1945, they found the country on the brink of starvation. Seeing the suffering of so many, and especially moved by the faces of the children, four Canadian privates stationed near Apeldoorn that year decided to make that Christmas special for as many Dutch children as they could.

Together, they made the rounds among their fellow soldiers, collecting chocolate bars and chewing gum, candy and comic books. In their spare moments, they built toy trucks out of wood and wire, sawed scrap lumber for building blocks; one, risking the military police, sold his cigarette ration on the black market, using the money to buy rag dolls. Each thought longingly of his own family at home; each channeled his energies instead toward the children whose Christmas they knew they could brighten.

546cbebb496ff71451c323ae24ea09f3By 1 December, four sacks of gifts lay ready; the soldiers eagerly looked forward to the 25th. But two days later, they learned the date they were to depart for Canada: 6 December, long before Christmas. With mixed emotions, the soldiers decided that the best plan simply would be to take their sacks over to the local orphanage and leave them there to await Christmas.

The night before they were to leave the Netherlands, the four set off for the orphanage, one of them in a makeshift white beard and red cap. On their way, they were surprised to hear church bells ringing and see houses lit brightly, with Christmas still some weeks away. As they approached the orphanage, boots crunching in the snow, they saw through the windows that the children, two dozen girls and boys, were gathered at their evening meal. Only a few months after the war’s end, food was still scarce; the meal was small, and the children’s faces pale and thin.

“Santa Claus” raised the knocker on the door and knocked three times, hard. As if by magic, the chatter of young voices inside fell silent; a priest opened the door. His polite expression gave way to one of shock, as the children behind him erupted into cheers, rushing forward and swarming the private who had dressed for Christmas three weeks early – but exactly on time. For in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas comes on St. Nicholas Eve: 5 December.

For an hour, joyful chaos reigned as packages were opened and exclaimed over, sweets were tasted, dolls caressed. The last wooden truck, the last bar of chocolate, went into the hands of a little boy who had been waiting patiently all the while. After thanking the men, he turned to the priest and said something to him in Dutch, his face alight with happiness. The priest smiled and nodded. “What did he say?” one of the soldiers asked.

The priest looked at them with eyes full of tears. “He said, ‘We told you he would come.’”

By sending joy out into the world, we do not sacrifice it for ourselves – we only multiply it. As we enter this season of giving, let us multiply the gifts we have been given by sharing them with others. Through acts of caring, kindness, and generosity, in our clubs and through our Foundation, we become and remain a gift to the world.

K R Ravindran, President 2015 – 16

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St. Edwins childrens home Christmas Visit.

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…”St. Edwwwiiinnssss YEEEEAAAHHHH….!!!”

Ooh Yes.. This always our slogan when we land to this beautiful land inhabited by this lovely amazing Children. Its a small home located in Kimende, Lari Constituency, Kiambu County, Kenya. The home is on a small plot of land a few meters from the main road and was started just as a small institution to cater for a few kinds who were orphaned during the 2007 PEV. Over the years the kids population has grown from the initial 6 kids to 27 kids who come from different regions within the country.

For the past 2 years we have had a special place in our hearts for this special kids and with our main project here the #RotaRead Campaign, we have manged to help them pay school fees for some of the kids, and also cater for their stationery needs in school.

Through the help of our Sponsor Club the  Rotary Club of Karen and our great partners in service the Rotary Club of Milimani and Special Friends of Rotaract Limuru we have always made this kids smile .

Our Dec 2015 visit to this kids will surely go down as one of the best project we have have done in the first half of our Rotary year 2015/2016.

It was our time to be their big brothers and sisters in a joyful christmas way.. We Prayed together, we sang together, We Played together, we Cooked together, we ate together and surely had a great time together.

It was evident from each of the kids eyes that Christmas was surely here with us, the joy in their hearts was so evident on their faces. It was , as shared by many, a #ChristmasMoment like never before.

Our determination, our cheerful philanthropic spirit was at its best for this wonderful Angels at St Edwins Childrens Home Kimende.

Through the generous donations from our Members in Rotary and in Rotaract and our special guests and friends who made this a success, we wish to extend our special thanks and prayers for Blessings as you made reached out to make this Kids celebrate Christmas in a Special way.

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To the Rotaract Club of Limuru Community Service Director (Rt. Yvette Kiratu) and your committee and to the entire Rotaract Club of Limuru Members we are more honored to have you steer us to make the visit such a success. Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Milimani (courtesy of Rtn Jane Mberia)12301674_10154378079962137_1667855285814113199_n,  Rotaract Club of Kikuyu12096067_10207677819891585_2547657757623883178_n and to LOCA (Love  For a Child Association) indexfor your enormous support and time together.

And to our Giver of Life, our Almighty Lord we give Praise to YOU for making everything this beautiful.

 

From #TheHeadquarters, we Wishing You All a Merry Christmas and a happy New year 2016.

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Presidents Message December 2015

When the Canadian army liberated the Netherlands in 1945, they found the country on the brink of starvation. Seeing the suffering of so many, and especially moved by the faces of the children, four Canadian privates stationed near Apeldoorn that year decided to make that Christmas special for as many Dutch children as they could.

Together, they made the rounds among their fellow soldiers, collecting chocolate bars and chewing gum, candy and comic books. In their spare moments, they built toy trucks out of wood and wire, sawed scrap lumber for building blocks; one, risking the military police, sold his cigarette ration on the black market, using the money to buy rag dolls. Each thought longingly of his own family at home; each channeled his energies instead toward the children whose Christmas they knew they could brighten.

By 1 December, four sacks of gifts lay ready; the soldiers eagerly looked forward to the 25th. But two days later, they learned the date they were to depart for Canada: 6 December, long before Christmas. With mixed emotions, the soldiers decided that the best plan simply would be to take their sacks over to the local orphanage and leave them there to await Christmas.

The night before they were to leave the Netherlands, the four set off for the orphanage, one of them in a makeshift white beard and red cap. On their way, they were surprised to hear church bells ringing and see houses lit brightly, with Christmas still some weeks away. As they approached the orphanage, boots crunching in the snow, they saw through the windows that the children, two dozen girls and boys, were gathered at their evening meal. Only a few months after the war’s end, food was still scarce; the meal was small, and the children’s faces pale and thin.

“Santa Claus” raised the knocker on the door and knocked three times, hard. As if by magic, the chatter of young voices inside fell silent; a priest opened the door. His polite expression gave way to one of shock, as the children behind him erupted into cheers, rushing forward and swarming the private who had dressed for Christmas three weeks early – but exactly on time. For in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas comes on St. Nicholas Eve: 5 December.

For an hour, joyful chaos reigned as packages were opened and exclaimed over, sweets were tasted, dolls caressed. The last wooden truck, the last bar of chocolate, went into the hands of a little boy who had been waiting patiently all the while. After thanking the men, he turned to the priest and said something to him in Dutch, his face alight with happiness. The priest smiled and nodded. “What did he say?” one of the soldiers asked.

The priest looked at them with eyes full of tears. “He said, ‘We told you he would come.'”

By sending joy out into the world, we do not sacrifice it for ourselves – we only multiply it. As we enter this season of giving, let us multiply the gifts we have been given by sharing them with others. Through acts of caring, kindness, and generosity, in our clubs and through our Foundation, we become and remain a gift to the world.