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Kenyan Cincinnati Association (KCA) Annual Dinner 2011

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The Kenyan Cincinnati Association (KCA) looks forward to welcoming The Kenyan Ambassador in Washington DC USA H.E. Elkanah Odembo, and fellow Kenyans to the events that will be taking place next weekend, Saturday November 5th and Sunday November 6th, 2011. We would like to encourage Kenyans around the Tri-State area (Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio) to plan to participate in both events. The Ambassador will be highlighting some important information during his speech as the guest of honor at the Annual KCA dinner and has requested to meet with Kenyans from the Tri-State area to address some concerns affecting Kenyans within the Diaspora. In addition he would like to address the setting up of "The Diaspora advisory committee" (Midwest region) to serve as an important link between the Kenyan population in the Midwest region and the Embassy. Therefore, we urge and encourage Kenyans to take advantage of this opportunity and attend both events (dinner and conference) and to please co…

Zawadi Africa Education Fund

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The Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a program designed to provide scholarships to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds from Africa to pursue higher education in the US. The Zawadi Africa Education Fund is based on the highly successful Kennedy/Mboya Student airlifts of the 1960's, through a partnership with individuals and institutions with an interest in creating leadership

Background
The Africa student airlift program was created in 1959 by the late Tom Mboya, one of the architects of the Kenyan independent movement, to provide a pipeline of young African leaders to staff the newly formed government and parastatal organisations that would be left behind as European colonial officials returned to their home countries, post independence. The late Tom Mboya funded the program through appeals to US Universities, and via private and public US donors including the US State Department, the Kennedy Foundation, and several US luminaries of the Civil rights movement, inc…
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Mobile phone: Weapon against global poverty By Kevin Voigt, CNN updated 1:57 AM EST, Sun October 9, 2011 | Filed under: Mobile
(CNN) -- When renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs visited rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa in 2005, he saw impoverished communities with poor drinking water, feast-and-famine crop cycles and rampant malaria infections. What he didn't see was mobile phones.

"Now mobile phone ownership is perhaps 30% of households and cell phone coverage is widespread," said Sachs, director of the United Nations Millennium Villages Project, which focuses on improving 14 rural villages across 10 African countries as a model for wider prosperity in the region.
The advent of the mobile society may have brought convenience and a cultural sea change to the U.S. and Europe, but in the poorest regions of the world, affordable mobile phone access has caused a quantum leap in services -- like calling for medical help, sending a quick letter to loved ones or starting a savings…
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U.S. Delegation on Food Security Travels to Horn of Africa

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Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 4, 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has asked USAID Administrator Raj Shah to visit Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss key agricultural and food security issues and demonstrate the United States’ continuing stalwart commitment to provide urgent life-saving aid to the populations affected by the current famine in the Horn of Africa.
This delegation includes Administrator Shah, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ertharin Cousin, and Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier. The delegation is traveling to Kenya and Ethiopia October 4-5. They will meet with government officials and civil society and private sector representatives to discuss progress in the region and impediments to securing unfettered humanitarian access to the at-risk populations in Somalia and those in camps in Ke…