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A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

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A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

Students. Universities. Life… in Kenya

24 Sep

Travelling can open ones eyes. I love seeing new places. It can be beautiful, stretching, humbling, heartbreaking.

Travelling from Nai through riftvalley to Eldoret:

Drought her, cutting trees there. desperate traders here, street building there. Bright sun, this special kenyan green, blue sky.

5 days at moi university:

Hospitality, live wires, lights off, shower, rain, muddy, hygiene, bathrooms, 800 beds missing, internet, humiliating, no power sockets, sharing beds, friendship, strike, authority, business in rooms, village, 10to10 rule, students life…

Thanks a lot to the moi eb! Chep and main, i know both will rock and we have a fantastic year ahead. stano, perris, dun, mac, kuks, julie, siro, abraham and100 more… i definitely had fun:-) and remember, i am walking behind you!

Update:

The strikes about the matatu prices have found one victim. So the senate of Moi University decided to close down Main Campus until further notice. The students were told to leave yesterday, most of them left their things in the hostels though. My friends are physically ok, some of them left town. Others are still around and trying to see what the next steps will be.

Leaving town? Another three months break after having returned to campus only some weeks ago?

This is the third public university who closed down due to riots this year!

Is this really about Matatu Prices?

Another nice article about students in Kenya

The days are going by faster…

22 Jun

My last post is two weeks old… Am wondering where those days went.

I visited different universities, giving them ideas on how to work in a more efficient way. Then I started working with my group of students in my portfolio at the universities (VP TMs at the different LCs), and my Team responsible for Training in Kenya (NTT). Amazing people, in both of the groups. We are in the process of creating year plans, getting a good transition from the previous responsibles and getting to form our visions.

Most importantly am working on my own year plan and different support structures for the universities, called LC Coaching. And we have first applications for positions for internationals working inside AIESEC in Kenya! So am interviewing them, discussing hosting and their jobs etc. For example we will need help with expanding our network to new cities.

Below some random pictures from my school in Mukuru Slums, a workshop for VPs, the different teams I am working with.

Finally a video from yesterday´s LAZY afternoon with a friend. Just people watching from the rooftop of his house near Kenyatta University (wonderful: you can stare at people without them noticing you), including German and Swa lessons. Important questions were answered: How cold is a Tusker Baridi when you drink it in the sun? How long does it take to change a tyre? How many people does it need to fix a matatu? Will this guy really pee with you watching him? How many birds can you kill with one stone?

My second week in the Office

26 May

My first week in Kenya was mainly dedicated to Planning Conference. It took place in Namanga, a town at the border to Tanzania. You can see a nice video of the conference on youtube.

Back in Nairobi I decided to sleep in on Monday. During that second week of transition time I started visiting different events of universities based in Nairobi to meet the students and see their places.
I mainly focused on an upcoming conference in July, initiating the takeovers and planning days for all entities in the country and organizing a campaign to get internationals to support our local chapters (CEEDers).

And most importantly I finally got to know Emma, my predecessor. She is a very professional young lady, passionate about our members and the organisatsion and extremely tamu. We talk a lot about her year, my ideas and the realities of the different universities. She is fun, really nice and caring and gives me a lot of support. I am just wow 🙂 It could really be worse…

One more week until my probation period officially starts, five weeks until I have to run the show without Emma.

Emma and Manuela