Mrs. Hellen Holi is a former student and now a long serving Biology teacher at the Kenya High School. She also serves as the Patron of both the Interact and Environment Clubs at the school.

In early 2013, Mrs. Holi was diagnosed with lung cancer and has since undergone thirteen chemotherapy sessions. Her illness has not put her down and strives to to bring out the best in her students – academically and co-curricular wise.

The whole treatment takes five years but she has already done one and a half.

She requires an estimated at Kshs 5.3million to complete the remaining part of her cancer treatment. But raising funds for her chemotherapy sessions locally and long overdue medical review in India has been an uphill task. This has made and her family dispose off assets, run behind in rent and even take bank loans which now has now made her sink in more debts as she struggles to offset medical expenses.

It is in this regard that The Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central together with Interact Club of Kenya High is spearheading an online fundraising campaign that runs from 16th June to 11th July, 2015. The campaign will culminate in a Cancer Awareness Day on 11th July from 10am to 4pm.

Your small act of kindness will Keep Cancer Off our Schools and Keep Mrs. Holi in class so that more and more students can continue benefiting from her leadership, knowledge, positive influence and dedication as one of the longest serving and best Biology teachers at the Kenya High School.

Contributions can be sent to:

Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central
Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd – Market Branch
A/C No: 2022627395

If sending via M-Pesa to the Bank Account: Select Paybill option from your phone, enter the business number (303030) and then enter the club’s bank account number (A/C No: 2022627395).

For more information and/or clarification please get in touch with:
Lucy Mwangi – 0721 946 980
Charles Muthui – 0721 476 287



In honor of the first Rotary meeting that occurred on February 23, 1905, Rotary International has designated this day as “World Understanding and Peace Day” and has selected February as “World Understanding Month. Clubs undertake projects and activities that contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs focus on projects and programs that promote peace and reduce conflict in our communities and around the world.

This year, more than ever, The Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central endevored and undertook different projects and activities to mark this very special month. Perhaps the highlight of this month’s activities was the Interact Careers and Leadership Day which saw the club team up with the Interact Clubs of Kenya High School and Nairobi School to organize a most successful 3rd Interact Careers and Leadership Day which also saw the club team up with its sister club the Rotaract Club of United States International University, Africa and its twin club the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands through the sponsorship of Rotary Club of Nairobi. The event was well attended by members of other Rotaract Clubs including Limuru, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Bugolobi (Uganda) and Karura.

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It was another high moment for the club as it officially signed its Momerandum of Understanding with the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands (District 9211) to officiate their twinning and within 2 days of signing, a member of the club travelled to Uganda to witness the presentation of Sanitary Towels to Orphans Hope Centre and Starlight Family Children’s Home. The club’s sanitary towels project is in its third year running and through this official partnership with the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands, the project has now been introduced in Uganda and received monetary support from the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands and Pauline Juliet Organization both of Uganda.
More defining for the month and the Careers and Leadership Day was the official presentation of charter certificates for the Interact Clubs of Kenya High School and Nairobi School both which have been operating for over 6 years as provisional clubs. In deed, more hands to serve in Rotary.
The February 10th regular fellowship was yet another highlight of the month as the club hosted Rotaractors and guests from different countries including Uganda, France, Germany, Greece and Gambia. At this fellowship, the guest speaker was Rotaractor Tarek Alkhoury from the Rotaract Club of Lille France who made a presentation on his club and their projects including the Mathare Community Centre project which they hope to partner with the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central. Also present at the meeting were 2 members of the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands and members of other Rotaract clubs in Nairobi. In the same breathe, the club’s PR Co-director Martha Nzisa was in Kampala Uganda attending the Rotaract Club of Kampala Ssese Islands which runs concurrently with that of our club.
It has no doubt been a great month and we couldn’t think of a better way of marking it other than our International Partnerships that have gone towards building better understanding between us and all the different people we interacted with throughout the month.
We look foward to a grand closure on 28th February 2015 at the Jamhuri showground where we shall be joining more than 300 Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests from different clubs to mark Rotary’s 110th birthday by celebrating with over 3000 children with special needs at the annual Rotary Sunshine Rally.
Viva RCNC, Viva Rotaract, Viva Rotary.

2013/14 RECAP: Club Service and Membership Development

Without a doubt, without members, there can’t be a club. Membership development remains key in ensuring that there is not only continuity of the club in terms of numbers but also continuity of club projects through active participation of the entire membership of the club. Going by Rotary’s 2013/14 Theme ‘Engage Rotary Change Lives’, it is by Engaging Members that they find value of their time and resources dedicated to the club and in the process of them being engaged, they are transformed hence the change in their lives.

The club continued employing different strategies for attracting new members as well as keeping the old members involved. The year ends with an active membership of 32 with a participation in club meetings and activities standing at an all time high of 78%. The meetings of the club had a great turn out for the year. The consistency in high turn out for the meetings is attributed to the improved visibility that the club has had during the year, embracing and utilizing all avenues and media of communication especially on social media platforms. PR & Fundraising Directors Charles Mwakio ensured the group’s Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles remained vibrant and have witnessed a massive increase of our audience on these social media platforms. The facebook page also witnessed an increase in the number of group members to over 1,500 and all events, project activities and reports were communicated.

Strategies aside, 2013/14 is the year 9 new members were inducted into the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central to what is perhaps the longest and most elaborate induction ceremony ever conducted by a president of the club. Perhaps what the inductees will dare not forget for the rest of their Rotaract Lives is President Norman Kuria’s stern warning “Membership can be revoked and the lapel pin recalled”. The ceremony was conducted at a home hospitality hosted by 2 of the inductees Swabra Swaleh and her brother Swaleh Habib who together with Nkatha Obung’u, Wanja Ndegwa, Charles Muthui, Nathan Mwangi, Sylvia Karanja, and Kelvin Mulla are the latest additions to the RCNC family. Rtr. Caleb Ontieri from the Rotaract Club of Malindi was also transfered into the club.

As RCNC received new members and in line with Rotaract’s fifth goal, 5 long serving members transitioned to Rotary. The club send off members Alvin Kimani, Wangari Mwaniki and Njiiri Kimani to Rotary Club of Madaraka; Nicholas Njeru to the Rotary Club of Kiambu and Immediate Past President Irinah Wandera to our sponsoring club Rotary Club of Nairobi. Alumni Rahab Gachango also did find a club and joined the family of Rotary at Muthaiga. As rightly put by the president of the mother club Rtn. David Hastie, “Rotaractors are the future of our Rotary”.

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The Club Service committee continued engaging members and providing opportunity for more interaction by organizing different activities. From taking part in various marathons including the Standard Chartered Marathon and the UAP Ndakaine marathon, to the frequent Uji Sessions, to the now famous Uhuru Park Tujuane Sessions to Home Hospitality at members Swabra Swaleh’s, Fredrick Ouko, Irinah Wandera, Maria Gaichiri and Huma Kaseu’s homes, members and guests continued to celebrate our graduations, birthdays, new borns but more importantly, our friendships. The installation of the 36th Board of Directors remains a major highlight of the club service docket and preparations are in top gear for the next installation that takes place from 5th – 6th July 2014.


2013/14 RECAP: 2nd Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Night

By Lucy Mwangi

After a 2012/13 year of great service, commitment and diligence by RCNC members, it was in order to prepare a banquet to appreciate and honor the members for making RCNC the club it is. 

The night of Saturday November 8th, 2013 and it was all glamour for the RCNC. It was the night to celebrate 36 years of fun and fellowship, the night to celebrate our members past, present and future.

The “All Things Elegant” night kicked off at 6.30 p.m. with guests streaming into the Laico Regency, Nairobi and elegant they looked! Thank God for the red carpet photo shoot that captured all that glam!

After sharing a great four course meal, the bold and beautiful Queen of radio, Ms. Caroline Mutoko took her chance to share with RCNC. Kiss 100’s ‘The Big Breakfast’ presenter and writer for the Star Newspaper confessed that she was happy to be invited to an event where young people come together and come up with ways to better their communities… and look good while at it!!


All that said with lots praise for the RCNC and its work, Caroline threw a challenge, to paraphrase “I’d like to see these tables having some of the people you help and mentor, let them too come and see what they can grow to do, what they can become…!” And the ball is back in RCNC’s court!

The energetic Joe Brachoki was there too and very excited. At just 29 years old he’s been there and done that; user interface design, project management, math teacher, dog trainer, English teacher but finally, In his words, he found his passion in Kenya, working with Living Positive Kenya. He encouraged all to continue with the work of giving back to the community; what is done, no matter how little is seems goes a long way and challenged all to do one better always as we continue in community service.

We were also glad to have with us representatives from some of our partners and friends; the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank – Eastleigh, Group Africa, Skeltek Consult. The Rotary family was well represented as well, the District D9212 Rotaract Representative, Sarah Maingi; the Rotaract Club of Muthaiga, the Rotaract Club of Milimani, the Rotaract Club of Nairobi East, the Rotaract Club of the University of Nairobi, Rotary Club of Madaraka and our sponsors Rotary Club of Nairobi.

Then it was award time! The membership past and present were awarded for their dedicated and diligent service to the club as were the service committees. Notably the Service Above Self Award went to the RCNC Past President Huma Kaoga Kaseu and the RCNC Lifetime Achievement Award went to one Irinah Katherina Wandera.

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Fun aside, it was also a business affair, we were also there to fundraise for the ‘A Girl A K A Year’ Sanitary Towel Project. Ms. Mutoko, also known to be involved in various charity and community service projects including the support of sanitary towel provision to underprivileged girls made a donation of Ksh. 15,000, presenting a cheque as such to the RCNC President 2013-14 Norman Kuria. With greetings and a heartfelt apology for his absence, Dr. Rtn. Manu Chandaria also sent a generous donation of Kshs. 20,000 towards the same project….and our vision to see 1,500 girls provided for with hygienic sanitary wear came that much closer to being a reality; heartfelt gratitude to every individual who has made a contribution towards this project.

With the formalities out of the way, the party didn’t stop! And the night was danced into morning…..
Truly a great night celebrating service, fellowship and friendship! We look forward to the next one

2013/14 RECAP: International Service Round Up

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.



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.



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,



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.

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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



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.



It was in appreciation of the Kenya Paralympics team that the club saw fit to share with members and guests the rare opportunity it had been afforded by Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY, Kenya) to have the London 2012 Paralympics torch at the club meeting. With Kenya’s first sex therapist in the house as the guest speaker and the first photo with the London Paralympics torch as the price for raising the highest amount, a one month online fundraising campaign was set up on facebook. Members were asked to form teams of 5 or more and raise funds towards our main Community Service Project ‘A Girl A K A Year’ to enable us support 1500 girls we had adopted from various schools across the country to be beneficiaries of a year’s supply of sanitary towels to keep them in school all year without interruption during their menses. The campaign managed to raise Kshs. 309,000.00 with the winning team led by member Martha Nzisa pledging to raise Kshs. 100,000.00 and has raised 99,520.00 to date.

So far, 362 girls from Misori Primary School, Mfangano Island (115 girls); Altawoon Education Centre (50 girls); Hot Springs Girls, Maai Mahiu (55 girls), Olerai Conservancy (2 girls), Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholars (140 girls) have received their year’s supply of sanitary towels. The remaining distributions will take place in the coming few weeks before close of the year and will take us several journeys to Jomo Kenyatta Home for the Physically Disabled and Urban Primary School in Embu; Brydges Centre Children’s Home; back to Hot Springs Girls Secondary School and Altawoon Education Centre. Having to drop off 900 girls from the program due to lack of sufficient funds was not an easy decision for us as we did not want to see any of our girls left behind. The amazing grace from members towards the over 600 girls was appreciated by Love’s Hangovers, USA through Ms. Emily Wasonga who pledged to hold a fundraising dinner to raise the deficit to cover the 900 girls!

In its second year, the sanitary towels project will run for eight years so as to ensure that the girls adopted are able to attend school uninterrupted the entire period they are in school from the time their menses commence to the time they finish their secondary education





PKMartha, Shelagh & Friends (Martha Nzisa – 0713 438 990)



2011/12 RCNC Board of Directors



Kanyoni (Caroline Njoki – 0720 976 093 & Eve Ochiel – 0722 979 654)



Huma Kaseu (0721 373 867)



Charles Mwakio (0720 566 655)



Amazing Grace (Grace Mbogo – 0723 146 746)



Norman Kuria (0725 900 394)



Dixions (Dickson Njuguna) – 0721 897 306



Alvin Kimani (0722 640 531)



Vickie Winkler (0733 369 010)



Marylyn Musyimi (0720 838 701)



Lucy Mwangi (0731 946 980)



Fela Linda Namde (0724 811 410)



Maggie Mugo (0722 632 242)



Nguna Kiilu (0721 418 560)



Fredrick Ouko (0720 786 218)



Jerry T. Akalu (0716 391 097)



Otieno Nyadimo (0720 280 936)



Sarah Gichimu (0722 535 287)