THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE Avenue of Rotaract promotes good will and better understanding with members of other clubs both locally and internationally. This enables members of the different clubs to network on a global scale, exchange ideas, share information, collaborate on club projects and build greater friendships while appreciating and celebrating their diverse cultures.
SSESECENTRAL FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE
2013/14 Rotary Year has proved by far to be the greatest International Service Year for the club yet! The year saw the club host Rotaractors from different clubs, different countries and even different Rotary International districts as well as make several visits and trips to other clubs in and out of the country, in and out of the District 9212. The highlight of the year was of course the hosting of 22 Rotaractors from Uganda whose entourage was led by our International Service Partner, The Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands who participated in the 2nd Annual Interact Careers and Leadership Day at the Kenya High School and later on drove out to the remote Maasai land in Kajiado for a night of camping, friendship exchange and fellowship. Dubbed “SseseCentral Friendship Exchange: Kampala’s Nairobi Invasion”, the visit in February came after 2 members of the club had visited and participated in our twin club’s annual Ssese Island Community Service Project in October, 2013. And it was this solidfying of our International Partnership and the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese’s Community Project that attracted over 70 Rotaractors from over 10 clubs in and out of District 9211 and 20 Rotarians that saw the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands recognized and receive the International Service Award at the D9211 Conference and Assembly in April 2014.
ROTARACT EAST AFRICA IMPACT (REACT) PROJECT BY RCT KISUMU – Bujumbura, Burundi
And yet another trip was made, this time all the way to Bujumbura, Burundi where 6 members of the club travelled with the Rotaract Club of Kisumu for their International Service Project REACT, a project that brings together Rotaractors from East Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi – to participate in a Water and Sanitation project for the different communities in their countries. The REACT 2014 was hosted by the Rotaract Club of Inyereri, Bujumbura and members Caroline Kanini, Dickson Njuguna, Maria Gaichiri, Irinah Wandera, Vallery Okwenda and guest Wambui Wainaina represented RCNC. The 2015 REACT project will be held in Kisumu, Kenya and will be hosted by the Rotaract Club of Kisumu. Read more, http://blog.rotary.org/2014/05/07/react/
FROM ROME TO MAURITIUS TO INDIA TO KAMPALA – Friendship Exchange
What a way to start the year than RCNC members and guests receiving training on Inter-Cultural Competence. The hosting of Polish Research students in 2012/13 brought us a new friend Ola Tor who having loved her Kenyan experience decided to come back and establish herself in Kenya and she was among the first guests that made presentations at the club. That Inter-Cultural Competence training came in handy as the club continued to host Rotaractors from different clubs and travelling and interacting with Rotaractors from different countries as well. Other than and before hosting the Rotaractors from different clubs in Kampala, our first International guests were friends and fellow Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of West Rome who the club members hosted when they came into the country for one of their projects in Western Kenya. A lunch shared together, gift exchange and tour of Nairobi with our friends led to the establishment of further contacts and a few months later, club members recorded congratulatory messages that were shared at the West Rome anniversary dinner. The club also had the privilege of hosting 2 District Rotaract Representative Elects – Sheetal Soobron from the Rotaract Club of Flacq, Mauritius and Gaurav Shah from the Rotaract Club of Vadodara, India District 9220 and 3060 respectively.
THE KENYAN CONNECTION: Keeping the Old Friendships Alive
While the new interactions through the travels and hosting of Rotaractors from other countries and districts forged new friendships and provided more exciting opportunities for collaboration, the common Swahili saying Usiache Mbachao kwa Mswala Upitao was the club’s wise counsel and ensured that we continued collaborating and creating even stronger partnerships with fellow Rotaractors and friends within the country. More meaningful partnerships were forged this Rotary Year 2013/14. The club revived its friendship with the Rotaract Club of Muthaiga and organized 2 joint fellowships where members from both clubs played various roles in the planning and organization of the fellowships. The club supported Muthaiga’s Education and Literacy Project at Kalewa Secondary School and donated text books through its partnership with the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. A Mega Community Service project organized between the two clubs from Nairobi and 2 clubs (Rotaract Clubs of Embu and Meru University) from Eastern Kenya will futher strengthen the existing partnerships. The 4 clubs have come together to participate in various community projects undertaken by each of the clubs on the weekend of 15th and 16th June 2014. The relationship between the Rotaract Clubs of Embu and Nairobi Central continues to strengthen. Even before the charter of the Rotaract Club of Embu, the 2 clubs had started interacting and members of RCNC were instrumental in training of the charter members of the club in the months leading to their charter which was well attended by RCNC members. The two clubs are now partnering in the A Girl A K A Year Sanitary Towels Project, Mentorship Program among other projects at the Jomo Kenyatta Home for the Physically Disabled and Embu Urban Primary School in Embu. For the second year running, RCNC has partnered with the Rotaract Club of Nairobi East with the A Girl A K A Year project benefiting 110 girls at Misori Primary School. Last year the school received text books through RCNC’s Books Drive Project and a first round of the A Girl A K A Year Sanitary Towels. Perhaps the longest running friendship of the club is that it has with the Rotaract Club of University of Nairobi and United States International University. The two clubs have continued to guarantee the continuity of RCNC by the transfer of their members into RCNC once they finish their undergraduate studies. The 3 clubs – USIU, UoN and RCNC contributed to the success of RCNC’s Interact Careers and Leadership Day 2014 and also assisted with Rotary Club of Nairobi’s Global End Polio Swimmarathon. RCNC continues to make regular planned visits to the Rotaract Club of University of Nairobi and joins them annually in October at Kenyatta National Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward for a special fun day. This year, RCNC waived 50% room charge for university students which enable members of Rotaract UoN regularly attend our meetings at student friendly rates. The Annual Quiz Night for the 3rd Year brought in Rotaractors from different clubs who participated in this year’s challenge which was themed Mix Them, Gather Them and a mixed team of Rotaractors from RCNC, Westlands and Guests emerged winners with the Rotaract Clubs of Westlands and Catholic University of Eastern Africa being the 1st and 2nd Runners Up respectively.
The club as in past years continued working with Rotaract Kenya and were hosts to many joint meetings organized by the country and district teams. The club hosted the Rotaract Kenya District Harry Mugo’s New Generations Address and the February Rotaract Kenya Nairobi Region Joint Fellowship. The club participated in the Rotaract Week and 46th Anniversary birthday celebrations and the inaugural Rotaract Kenya Sports and Fun Day and emerged 2nd Runners Up in the event which was attended by over 20 clubs in the Nairobi and Environs region. Members of the club have also been instrumental in assisting Rotaract Kenya in the training of Rotaract Clubs in the country including the Rotaract Clubs of Embu, Parklands, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Mashariki, University of Nairobi main campus and Kikuyu campus, Ngong Hills (Provisional) and the Technical University of Kenya. A joint Rotaract Basics Training in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Muthaiga was organized and open to Rotaractors and guests from different club. The club members also joined other Rotaractors from Kenya and attended Rotary International President Elect Gary C. Huang Rotaractors’ Address when he visited Kenya earlier on in the year. Representatives also joined as volunteers at the 2014 Rotary Sunshine Rally for the Disabled. The club members continues to part
DISTRICT 9211 & 9212 CONFERENCES AND ASSEMBLY AND ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT AFRICA YOUTH CONFERENCE
RCNC members continued to cease the opportunities that gave them a chance to meet and interact with other Rotaractors and Rotarians and this was done by ensuring representation at conferences that were organized in Kenya and Uganda. Members Monica Kinyua and Irinah Wandera represented the club at the Rotary International President Africa Youth Conference in November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Members Caleb Ontieri and Irinah Wandera also attended the District 9211 (Tanzania and Uganda) Conference and Assembly in April 2014 in Munyonyo, Uganda. A delegation of 9 members led by the International Service Director Vallery Okwenda attended and participated in our District 9212 26th Rotaract Conference and Assembly that took place in Naivasha, Kenya and was well attended by Rotaractors from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Benin and India. Members Albashir Ahmed, Dickson Njuguna, Irinah Wandera, Fredrick Ouko and spouse Lourdes Walusala, Swaleh Habib, Caleb Ontieri, Lucy Mwangi, and Eve Ochiel joined Vallery at the conference and were hosts of the African Night as part of the conference activities. The club tradition of Gift Exchange and Fellowship with our Ethiopian Twins the Rotaract Club of Mella at the conference was religiously undertaken with Mella’s representative Benyam Damtew. The crowning moment of the conference for RCNC was of course the recognition of the club as the Outstanding Rotaract Club, District 9212 for the year 2013/14 among other recognition and awards that included Excellent Financial Reporting, Excellent Reporting Award, Signature Professional and Leadership Development Award, Outstanding Rotaract Club President and the outgoing, now Rotarian Irinah Wandera received the Outstanding District Leader Award. Member Albashir Ahmed was also appreciated and recognized for his leadership role as Assistant District Rotaract Representative, Central Kenya region.
NEWLY UGANDAN – Out n’ About
Summed up and simply put – the generosity and hospitality of Ugandans is unmatched and that’s perhaps why one Irinah Wandera kept on going and going back where lies 1/16 of her roots through her Great Great Grandmother. Many have wondered of her many regular visits but Rotary and Rotaract business was attended to during the several visits that have been made to the Kabaka’s backyard. Other than attending the RI President Africa Youth Conference and the D9211 Conference and Assembly, Irinah managed to attend fellowships with the Rotaract Clubs of Makerere University, Kampala City and Kampala West and the Rotary Clubs of Kiwatule, Kampala South, and Kampala the Arch as well as after fellowship for the Rotaract Club of Rubaga; attended the installation of President Jakob Ssendawula of the Rotaract Club of Makerere University; attended the Rotaract Club of Kampala Central Annual Break-a-Leg dance competition; attended Rotary Club of Kampala the Arch Medical Outreach; attended the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands annual Community Project; and also attended home hospitality and interacted with members of the Rotaract Clubs of Kampala City and Kololo.
There is no doubt that having been challenged to improve on its International Service activities, RCNC went all out this Rotary Year and discovered what we have been missing all this while. It has been a BIGGER, BOLDER AND BETTER International Service Year at RCNC.