Thursday, November 12, 2009
Our forte is child support which we run through the KCDN Child Support Initiative. In our inaugural meet of last year, the Director of Basic Education Mrs Leah Rotich was our Key Speaker in a celebration where our Chief Guest was Ms Irene Wasike of Barclays Bank. On this day, we gave 250 Orphans and Vulnerable Children books, stationery and uniforms, courtesy of the Friends of KCDN and Friendly Institutions, key among them being Phoenix Aviation Ltd who were our single largest supporter for the event.
Following the success of that day, many children and their parents/guardians came to us for support. Through Nestle Kenya Ltd, Tetra Pak EA Ltd, Text Book Centre Ltd, Express Connections Ltd, The Cradle, Capital Airlines Ltd, Rachier and Amolo Advocates, H20 Beverages Ltd, Mini Bakeries [Nairobi] Ltd, Phoenix Publishers Ltd, East African Educational Publishers Ltd, Aristocrats Insurance Brokers Ltd, and many Friends of KCDN, we were able to mobilize nutritional as well as educational support for these children.
We will again converge on 4th December 2009 to once more give these children educational support. This time around the number is large and we again will rely on your generousity to support the 1950 who have registered with us. We do not need money as usual, we need the items. And all those who have supported us know that we ask them to pay for our provisions. If we receive cash support, we pass it to the correct Initiative.
Our 2nd programme is the KCDN Peace Run/Walk. We encourage the children and parents in our KCDN Child Support Initiative to become Peace Ambassadors. We encourage all to be as open as possible about their political preference and ensure that it does not become a source of conflict. We are one family and as we vote separately, we must eat together as one family. We hosted the 2nd Edition of the KCDN Peace Run/Walk on 13th June 2009 and again, we must appreciate the support we got from the many Friends of KCDN and in particular, Akiba Uhaki Foundation who were our single biggest supporter this time around, and the Administration Police Band for leading the event. Last year, SGS Kenya Ltd were our single biggest supporter. Again like we do with all our Initiatives, we do not ask for money, we ask for provisional support.
Our last programme is the KCDN Environmental Conservation. This year, we mobilized our children and their parents to join us and the residents of Komarock on a clean up of the Komarock Canal on 5th September 2009. We must thank Total Kenya Ltd for having been our largest supporter this year by donating to us seedlings and cash to facilitate the process. We must also thank Safaricom Ltd for having donated to us cleaning equipment worth Kshs 50,000.00. And we msut that the City Council of Nairobi who were our partners in this clean up. Again, as we do with all our Initiatives, we ask for provisional support. If you give us cash, we pass it on to the Initiative.
Lastly, like all organizations, we have administrative costs to meet. We have an office to pay rent for, the rent of which I have been paying largely from the family business proceeds. However, when we were had up and at the point of being thrown out at some point, Friends of KCDN responded with speed and raised the rent arrears for us. Like all nascent organizations, we have our fair share of administrative issues to handle, and if any Friend of KCDN wishes to support us by paying our rent, we will welcome that. If you want to give our staff some token of appreciation, we will welcome that. We really need it as we engage in our core services.
It is that openness that has endeared many people and institutions to us. We really value that support, and as we approach our last event of the year, we appeal to many more Friends of KCDN to step forward and help us help these children.
They need your support, now, not tomorrow.
Peace and goodwill to all men of goodwill [that includes women]
Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thank You for the support
This is to appreciate and thank you for the support that you have extended to us. We acknowledge receipt of the following items from Laser Beam Solutions;
12pairs Gum Boots,
5 Garden Rakes,
5 Fork Jembes,
10 Rubber Gloves.
As we thank you, we are looking forward to working more closely with you in the conversion of the canal into a Community Arboretum.
Peace and blessings,
Odhiambo T Oketch,
CEO KCDN Nairobi,
Tel; 0735 529 126, 0724 365 557,
On 3rd November 2009, the Deputy Town Clerk, City Council of Nairobi, Ms Jane Ndong'a visited with us at the Komarock Canal. On the same day, we were privileged to host Mr. Timothy Muriuki, Chairman Nairobi Central Business District Association.
With these visits, the work to convert the Canal into a Community Arboretum begins.
In partnership with the City Council of Nairobi, KCDN is mobilizing technical support and resources to ensure that by March 2010, the first phase is complete and ready for an official launch.
We have also formed the Community Safety Forum under the Chairmanship of Mr. Joshua Koskey, formerly of Kenya Commercial Bank. He is being helped by Ms Florence Kanyua and Mr. Allan Kitavi as Convenors.
The Team includes Mr. Eric Juma, Ms Christine Mogalo, Mr, Gabriel Muchira, Mr. Frederick Mumbo, Mr. Peter Bichanga, Ms Elizabeth Mwende, Ms Lillian Kimani, Mr. Maina Kariuki, Ms Mellen Kinaru and Eng Barrack Okal.
The enire team is being led by Mr. Reginald Okumu as Chairman, and includes the Director City Planning, Mr. Timothy Kariuki, The area Chief, Director Environment City Council of Nairobi, Mr. Steve Oundo, Chairman Architectural Association of Kenya and Odhiambo T Oketch as the CEO.
We are determined to make Komarock a Model Satellite Estate in Africa based on the Safer Cities Initiative. The Canal gives us the first challenge.
We merrily invite your support and partnership. Peace and blessings.
Odhiambo T Oketch