From Boulder to Kisumu
December 20, 2008- January 9, 2009
Sally, by luck, had brought an old pair of hearing aids and a young man met on a previous visit to Addis Ababa hears now as a result.
The widows of Rabour, Kenya received their proceeds from the beads they made and that we sold throughout the fall. Some of which will be used to establish a micro-economic loan fund , they greeted us with songs and blessings.
Darryl helped to build a POSHO mill shed to hold the grain mill that will help to grind the Afya Uji Porridge Flour that is made by the DAGO Youth Network. The funds for the mill were donated by the Boulder Rotary Club for a feeding program for the Rabuor Primary School orphans.
The Kisumu/Boulder Sister City Committee was established.
We met with the Prime Minister of Kenya, the right and Honorable Dr. Raila Odinga!! He is very interested in helping to move the project forward.
We met with the Mayor of Kisumu, Honorable Mayor Sam Okello. Who is going to provide an office for the Kisumu Boulder side of the Committee and the newly renamed Obama Sports Park.
We toured many sites for additional projects in the future including the Kisumu Disabled Self Help Group and the Kochieng United Youth Group.
We were the first guests in a new beautiful hotel that has opened to benefit a group called OGRA that provides medical relief and food to orphans.
We met with another group in the United States called Isaka foundation that we are looking forward to collaborating with.
We met with Maxwell Marx who was there representing the Roanoke Sister City to Kisumu!
We brought back more beads to sell for the widows as well as a wealth of information!
We bought school books for former street boys through Johnson Odhiambo and Migosi Family Focus.
We bought tools for a carpenter who was volunteering his time to help build the house for the Posho Mill.
We met with many Rotarians and were the first visiting members to a new rotary club the Winam Rotary Club of Kisumu. We congratulate them on receiving their confirmation from Rotary International on their Charter.
We met with the Kisumu Rotary Club regarding issues with the Rabour Feeding program.
Addis Hearing aid; Sally Fistler and His Worship the Mayor of Kisumu, Sam Okello; Darryl Brown, The Rt. and Honorable Dr. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya; The Le Savanna Hotel
Sign for Kisumu Disabled Self Help Group Office; Hippo Point and Lake Victoria; Kisumu Town Arch; Young Farmers
Goats and Chickens for the Rabuor Orphan Feeding Program, sponsored by Boulder Rotary; Dedication sign at the Rabuor School
Darryl Brown Helping to Build the Afya Uji Grain Mill Shed (Mill donated by Boulder Rotary); New handtools donated by Rocky Mountain RiverBoards to Thomas Ochieng in thanks for his donated time on the Grain Mill Shed; New Hammer Old Hammer
The Grain Mill Shed; Kisumu Boulder Sister City Committee Officers and BOD; Kisumu Boulder Sister City Committee Officers
Johnson Odhiambo Family Home Christmas Day; Kowio and DAGO Youth Network Offices; Members of the Kochieng Widows and Orphans Self-Help Group; Checks Presented to Kochieng from Beaded Jewelry Sales
Isaka Memorial Foundation Youth Sing a song of Hope; Winam Rotary Club Meeting; Kochieng United Youth Group Meeting; Tearful Goodbye to just a few of our friends
Within 50 miles of Kisumu is the Masai Mara Game Preserve